Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy confronted press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday about why he was snubbed during President Biden’s first press conference, noting that Fox “has never been” on the list. of Biden’s pre-approved reporters.
Biden appeared to pick reporters from a predetermined list on Thursday, eventually calling 10 reporters. Doocy, who was present to represent Fox News, was not called and noticed a pattern.
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“We found out, starting at the end of the campaign and in the transition and here in the White House, whenever the president has an event where he is given a list of reporters to call, Fox is the only member of five network television group that has never been on the list, “said Doocy. “I’m just curious if that’s official administration policy.”
Psaki responded that he was currently answering a question from Fox News, but Doocy indicated that he was talking specifically about the president’s default list.
Doocy said he’s been able to ask Biden questions, but only when he yells after the president “goes through his entire list” of pre-approved reporters.
“The president has been very generous with his time with Fox, I’m just curious about the list they give him,” Doocy said. “The only member of the group of five networks that is never in it.”
Doocy said Fox has been left off the list since Biden resumed the events in person at the height of the campaign. The other networks that are part of the group (ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN) are often called by Biden.
“I’m always happy to have this conversation with you,” Psaki said. “The President has answered your questions and I am looking forward to doing ‘Fox News Sunday’ this Sunday for the third time in recent months.”
Psaki never responded to why Fox News has been removed from the list of pre-approved reporters.
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“I think we have to move on, because we have limited time,” Psaki said.
Doocy told “America Reports” on Thursday, shortly after leaving the White House, that he had a “folder full” of questions for Biden that he didn’t have a chance to ask.
Doocy peppered Psaki with questions about obstructionism and the situation along the southern border before asking about Biden’s list.
Fox News’ Charles Creitz contributed to this report.