CNN’s chief media correspondent is dealing with ridicule for a groveling interview by which he requested White House press secretary Jen Psaki what the media gets “wrong” when protecting the Biden administration.
“Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter carried out an interview with Psaki on Sunday’s episode of the weekly present, which he kicked off by providing President Biden’s chief spokeswoman an opportunity to critique the media.
“The White House press secretary faces some unique challenges,” Stelter fawned. “Busy summer ahead — infrastructure, election reform.”
“What does the press get wrong when covering Biden’s agenda? When you watch the news, when you read the news, what do you think we get wrong?”
Psaki stated many within the press corps appeared to fail to acknowledge how lengthy the legislative course of might be whereas reporting on the administration’s efforts to push the president’s agenda by way of Congress.
“I think some of our muscles have atrophied a little bit over the last few years, and there isn’t a lot of memory, recent memory or longer memory, on how long it takes to get legislation forward or how messy the process of negotiating and the process of getting legislation across the finish line can be,” she defined.
“I don’t know if that’s the press getting it wrong. I’ll leave you to the critique of that, Brian.”
Later on within the interview, Stelter requested Psaki if she too frightened as a mum or dad about “craziness” from Republicans.
“You have a daughter going into kindergarten, I have a daughter going into pre-K, and I think to myself, what kind of country is this going to be when they are our age? Do you fear that given the craziness we’re seeing from the GOP?” he requested the White House spokeswoman.
“I guess I don’t think about it through a political prism, maybe that’s funny given I’m in Democratic politics,” she replied earlier than starting to record Biden’s coverage priorities.
Media personalities excoriated the CNN host after clips of the interview started to flow into on social media.
“Beat me, Jen! Tell me how to be better,” journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote in one of a series of tweets.
“Have I been a bad boy, Jen? I want to be a good boy,” he added in one other.
“I’m not using hyperbole when I say the ‘interview’ that @brianstelter did with Jen Psaki yesterday should be studied in journalism school. It’s one of the most sycophantic interviews of a state official you’ll ever see. This is how state TV functions,” Greenwald wrote.
“Our corrupt media are absolutely nothing more than propagandists and should be treated as such,” Mollie Hemingway, senior editor of The Federalist and a Fox News contributor, tweeted.
She and Stelter then engaged in a back-and-forth concerning the media, with the CNN correspondent writing, “maybe only Republican press secretaries are allowed to comment on the news media’s performance – is that your new rule?”
Hemingway replied, “Are you attempting to faux that the posture of your entire corrupt media advanced wasn’t cartoonishly hostile to Trump/anybody who labored for him/voted for him?
“Because just fyi the country was not given memory-erasing drugs causing them to forget what you all did.”
For his half, Stelter issued an extended tweet addressing the backlash, writing, “My Twitter mentions right now: liberals mad because I asked @PressSec about why Biden won’t hold more press conferences. Conservatives enraged because I asked her ‘what do you think we get wrong?’”
“And I feel so old fashioned thinking to myself, ‘judge the interview in context…’”