White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was blasted on social media for her chaotic press conference on Tuesday; KJP failed to control members of the press corp when she refused to field questions on COVID’s origin.
All of this on the day of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s last presser from the podium, of course.
“We have a process here. I’m not calling out on people who yell. And you’re being, you’re being, you’re being disrespectful to your colleagues, and you’re being disrespectful to our guest,” Jean-Pierre told one reporter. “I will not call on you if you yell, and also you’re taking time off the clock because Dr. Fauci has to leave in a couple of minutes.”
From Fox News:
Other reporters defended Glebova’s questions which led to Jean-Pierre continuing to yell that she was “done” answering their questions.
Social media users quickly condemned Jean-Pierre’s behavior as “unprofessional” and an attack on the press.
Political commentator Dave Rubin remarked, “What a condescending, smug, absolute embarrassment KJP is…”
What a condescending, smug, absolute embarrassment KJP is… https://t.co/IevkX1v0JC
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) November 22, 2022
The Spectator contributing editor Stephen Miller joked, “An incredible display of threatening anti-journalism. This is dangerous. This is a vile threat to the very foundations of which our free press democracy is based upon. A free press that is allowed to question our government is a sacred virtue for which our Republic must safe gua-”
Washington Free Beacon executive editor Brent Scher tweeted “What does [Jim Acosta] think about this? Attack on the free press?”
“Qs about Covid origins are legitimate and every reporter shld be asking them. This reaction from the WH is really weird,” Hudson Institute senior fellow Rebecca Heinrichs wrote.
Barstool Sports blogger Jack McGuire tweeted, “Why [does] she think she’s a 3rd grade teacher.”
“She’s utterly losing control of the press corps because the WH consistently spends an inordinate amount of time taking questions from the same 12 corporate reporters, day in and day out. It’s shameful. On the same day FOIA’s return Fauci’s early planning on the origins of covid,” The Daily Caller editor-in-chief Geoffrey Ingersoll wrote.
She's utterly losing control of the press corps because the WH consistently spends an inordinate amount of time taking questions from the same 12 corporate reporters, day in and day out.
It's shameful. On the same day FOIA's return Fauci's early planning on the origins of covid. https://t.co/BUB8CFSczo
— Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) November 22, 2022