Although White House press secretary Jen Psaki will soon be heading to the NBC Universal's “Peacock” streaming service for an opulent, MSNBC-style job, she's getting a flurry of questions when she's walking out of the building about why President Biden is often ostracized from the media and the “perception” that he's not an effective communication expert.
As we reported previously, Psaki sat down Wednesday to talk with Chris Wallace on the soon-to-be-shut-down CNN+ streaming service. In the interview, Wallace was surprisingly tough with her about her position on the Media Avoidance Strategy frequently activated by the White House comms staff.
Psaki avoided and wiggled her way through the interview as Wallace inquired about what she thought was the reason why Biden “is so sheltered from the press,” and dropped receipt after receipt for her and included statistics that contrasted the interview Joe Biden did in 2021, against interviews others recent presidents have done during their first year in the office.
“By comparison, Jen, that's sheltered,” Wallace rightly pointed out.
It's true. The White House will gaslight the American people for the next few years as it refuses to acknowledge that Joe Biden doesn't just have issues with access to the press but also a number of messaging problems of his own creation. One definitive answer wanted from Psaki is to the question “why doesn't he do more interviews?”
On the South Lawn ceremony held Monday, Biden and players from Tampa Bay Lightning, who were crowned back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2020 and 2021, were featured.
As you'll notice in the clip below, the proceedings started off a bit bumpy after Biden seemed to mispronounce NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's last name. It's like he calls him “Gary Batman”.
Newsbusters Executive Editor Tim Graham responded accordingly:
I'd like to point out that the transcript of this meeting available on the White House website does NOT include in brackets the fact that Biden was unable to pronounce Bettman's name correctly.
As always, I would like to express my gratitude to the Commissioner Gary Bettman — for coming here, too.
At the risk of sounding too happy, it's an ideal moment to become a sports enthusiast in Tampa. (Applause.)
There are some who see this clip and think “but it's just one flub!” The issue is that it's part of a lengthy and worrying pattern that is evident in every public speech that he makes. More concerning than the mispronunciations is his habit of failing to remember the names of the members of Congress and cabinet members, and those of world leaders and where they are.
This is, as I'd like to say, not normal, regardless of how many media outlets, Democrats, and Never Trumpers portray these disturbing events to be “just Joe being Joe.”
The question “Why doesn't Joe Biden do more interviews” is best explained by Joe Biden himself. Every time he says something, Biden is the first to mess it up.