NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! It’s possible that press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre had a backup when reporters from the White House recently gathered in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.
During her first few months at the podium, Jean-Pierre has come under fire for a number of things, including her “unforced stumbles” and propensity to keep to the binder, but one quality that cannot be questioned is her unrestrained enthusiasm to share the spotlight.
From May 16 when her term began to the end of last week, Jean-Pierre held a total of 38 news conferences and gatherings with media. 25 of those occasions—or around 66 percent—were when she was joined at the microphone by at least one other person as she answered questions.
On June 7, 2022, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre presents actor Matthew McConaughey. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters )
Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser for the White House, has joined Jean-Pierre on eight occasions, and Dr. Ashish Jha, the COVID-19 advisor, has participated on four occasions, including the latest diagnosis of the coronavirus by President Biden. Press secretary Jean-Pierre has appeared on stage with White House economic adviser Brian Deese twice, National Security Council official John Kirby five times, and Gender Policy Council executive director Jennifer Klein, economic adviser Jared Bernstein, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, national climate advisor Gina McCarthy, and actor Matthew McConaughey at least once each.
According to deputy press secretary Andrew Bates, “Karine believes in giving the White House press corps access to experts and senior staff who can transparently share the administration’s perspective, as well as outside guests who have specific credibility about issues that are a leading priority for the American people.” “We’re happy with that,”
In comparison to Jen Psaki, who left the White House in May and was generally well-received by the press, Jean-stay Pierre’s thus far has been different.
According to a Fox News Digital study, Psaki had at least one listed co-briefer 63 times, or around 26% of the time, out of the 240 briefings and gaggles that were listed on Whitehouse.gov between January 2021 and May 2022. 30 of those co-briefings took place in the first three months of her term, when she shared the stage with Deese, Granholm, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, among others.
It’s obvious that Jean-Pierre has struggled in her work as press secretary, according to media critic and DePauw University professor Jeffrey McCall, and having a partner on stage could be a hint that the government isn’t confident in her.
“Binders of notes are fine to have on hand, but reading directly from them, as she frequently does, gives the sense that she is not the administration’s representative at all. The administration’s continuous use of substitute spokesmen would ostensibly convey a lack of faith in Jean-abilities Pierre’s “cited by McCall in Fox News Digital.
“To reduce Jean-exposure, Pierre’s the White House could be better served just limiting her briefings. McCall continued, saying that at this point, she is simply not supporting the administration’s message or outlining its policies. It’s important to keep in mind that she has a “really difficult job these days trying to put a positive spin on so many White House problems “occurring under the Biden presidency.
However, he continued, “the issues still require clear and reasonable answers, which are not frequently occurring.”
Karine Jean-Pierre replaced Jen Psaki as the White House press secretary in May when Psaki left for MSNBC. (Kevin Lamarque for Reuters)
She has encountered unfavorable commentary about Jean-Pierre from both passersby and the reporters she works with.
She had “unforced missteps” and “private grumbles” from reporters, according to Politico’s West Wing Playbook in June, since she tended to stick to the binder and provide talking points rather than engaging in spontaneous conversations with the media.
Professor William A. Jacobson at Cornell Law School thinks Jean-Pierre has big shoes to fill and hasn’t shown she can do it.
According to Jacobson of Fox News Digital, “a White House press secretary needs to be able to efficiently transmit the facts the administration wants, as well as anticipate and deflect challenging inquiries in a way that promotes the White House message.”
Jen Psaki handled her job expertly, despite the fact that many individuals found her to be frustrating. “Karine Jean-Pierre, on the other hand, comes across as unprepared, inexperienced, and in need of assistance from those on stage. That doesn’t seem good for a government that is already having trouble in the polls.”
The White House’s press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, and the COVID-19 response coordinator, Ashish Jha, address the media on July 22, 2022. (Drew Angerer/Getty Pictures) )
Recently, reporters from the White House who spoke with Fox News Digital agreed.
This month, a current White House reporter told Fox News Digital, “If your M.O. is going to be reading prepared responses, you should have a lot of prepared answers so that you’re not just deferring to reporters continuously.”
Another White House reporter observed, “She is not well welcomed since she doesn’t take the time to answer questions or converse with reporters on the problems of the day.”
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