It’s only been a few days since Joe Biden was inaugurated as President of the United States, but it’s already clear that the media will be treating his administration with kid gloves–with the possible exception of Fox News’ White House correspondent Peter Doocy.
During Psaki’s first briefing, Doocy asked why Biden and the First Family were not wearing masks during inauguration festivities. Earlier in the day, Biden has signed an order making mask-wearing mandatory on federal property.
Doocy asked, “Why wasn’t President Biden and all members of the Biden family masked at all times last night if he signed an ex-executive order that mandates masks on federal lands at all times?”
Psaki reponsed, calling Doocy Steve–the name of his father, who co-hosts Fox & Friends. She said, “I think, Steve, he was celebrating an evening — a historic day in our country. And certainly he signed the mask mandate because it’s a way to send a message to the American public about the importance of wearing masks, how it can save tens of thousands of lives.”
Doocy followed up, “As Joe Biden often talks about, it is not just important the example of power but the power of our example, was that a good example for people watching who might not pay attention normally?”
Psaki said, “I think the power of his example is also the message he sends by signing 25 executive orders — including almost half of them related to Covid. The requirements that we’re all under every day here to ensure that we’re sending that message to the public. Yesterday was a historic moment in our history. He was inaugurated as President of the United States. He was surrounded by his family. We take a number of precautions, but I think we have bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time.”
Peter Doocy just asked Press Sec Jen Psaki why Joe Biden was maskless at the Lincoln memorial just hours after signing an executive order requiring masks on federal property.
Psaki hesitated, beat around the bush, then said “we have bigger issues to worry about.”
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— Caleb Hull (I’m With the CCP Don’t Ban Me) (@CalebJHull) January 21, 2021