Karine Jean-Pierre has faced a lot of criticism since taking over the podium as Press Secretary from Jen Psaki. And there’s good reason.
She sucks at her job.
The Biden administration wanted to make the appointment of KJP based, not on her ability to be a cogent and respected Press Secretary, but on being black, female, and gay. And this is what they got! They got a woman that isn’t very competent in dealing with the hungry monsters called the media in the daily press briefings.
Jean-Pierre continues to astound people with how unprepared she is on the simplest of topics. Rather than come into the briefings with a knowledge of the things she knows she will be asked, she refers to her over-bulging question-outline book she takes with her like someone in dire need of oxygen holds on to their oxygen canister. Without it, she stammers and stumbles like she’s in a drunken stupor. It’s embarrassing to watch.
The latest escapade that serves as a perfect example came on Tuesday this past week. KJP was taking questions from the media on the subject de jour, which happened to be Anthony Fauci. He’s scheduled to leave his post and retire sometime in December. The White House COVID Response Team was giving their assessment as to where the pandemic that isn’t anymore currently stands. During the Q&A session that followed, Daily Caller reporter, Diana Glebova asked Jean-Pierre what Fauci had done to investigate the origins of COVID. Instead of answering the question, KJP decided to obfuscate and redirect a barrage of salvo’s at Glebova. She said, “We have a process here. I’m not calling out on people who yell. And you’re being … disrespectful to your colleagues, and you’re being disrespectful to our guest, 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.”
Of course, that set off a firestorm. And when Glebova objected saying she was just asking the question that was on every reporters’ mind, she got the now famous retort, “I’m done!” from the Press Secretary.
Here’s the deal. If you’re going to be a Press Secretary in the White House, or any place in government for that matter, you’re going to get tough questions and you need to formulate your answer based on a logical and honest response, not based on garbage. Jen Psaki, who I believe wasn’t ever considered the best Press Secretary available, knew how to handle the press. Jean-Pierre is afraid of them. So, she lashes out when she can’t think of anything else to say. She turns the argument back on the reporter asking the question, even though it’s a fair question and she hasn’t given a reasonable response.
Compare KJP’s outburst with that of someone that was considered probably the best Press Secretary in the last 40 years, Tony Snow. He would often joke with the press on hard issues, and leave them with a pithy comment or two, but he always answered their questions. He respected their questions because he was one of them. It’s a rare occasion when you have the ability to understand what the reporter is going through and try to help them out while making sure you put the best spin on it for the White House. Jean-Pierre doesn’t understand that. I doubt she ever will.
The country (and the reporters in the room) need to be able to withstand poor Press Secretaries from time to time. And while KJP is undoubtedly the worst we’ve seen at the podium in quite some time, she does have some company. Marie Harf who was a spokesperson at the State Department after Jen Psaki moved to the White House during the Obama administration was also bad. Her saving grace was that she wasn’t featured on the national evening newscasts fumbling around quite as much as Karine, and thus came off smelling a little better.
At some point, Jean-Pierre is going to leave her post. Either she will be replaced by Joe Biden, or she will reach the point where she has had enough of those “savage reporters” and will quit, hoping to become a “contributor” at CNN or MSNBC. We can only hope that day comes sooner rather than later!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!