Jen Again

April 12, 2021

Once more, White House press secretary Jen Psaki today popped not only a reporter, but an asshole Republian who doesn’t know his ass from T-Rump’s butt.
Psaki can really work:

Details via Mediaite this afternoon:

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki delivered a curt response to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) for his criticism of President Joe Biden’s social and television media presence — or lack thereof.

The Texas senator, in a series of tweets Monday, went after what he deemed to be Biden’s “unimaginably conventional” tweeting, as well as his “largely scripted” public comments, and lack of cable news interviews.

“The president is not doing cable news interviews. Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional. The public comments are largely scripted. Biden has opted for fewer sit-down interviews with mainstream outlets and reporters,” Cornyn wrote.
He added, “Invites the question: is he really in charge?”

Asked about Cornyn’s remarks during Monday’s White House press briefing, Psaki was terse in her response.

“I can confirm the president does not spend his time tweeting conspiracy theories, and spends his time working on behalf of the American people,” Psaki said.

Slam-bam and outta here!

Plus, according to the Guardian‘s live blog, Cornyn fucked-up more than he can think:

It’s worth noting that Republican Senator John Cornyn’s comment about Joe Biden’s tweets was actually a quote from a Politico story on the president’s media strategy.

Cornyn’s tweet caused some confusion because he did not put quotation marks around the excerpt.

As you can see, Cornyn’s whole shit is lifted directly — the ‘whole‘ noted passage from Politico: ‘The president is not doing cable news interviews. Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional. The public comments are largely scripted. Biden has opted for fewer sit down interviews with mainstream outlets and reporters. He’s had just one major press conference — though another is coming — and prefers remarks straight to camera for the marquee moments. The White House is leaning more heavily on Cabinet officials to reach the audiences that didn’t tune into his latest Rose Garden event.

Republicans aren’t worth a living shit. They no longer even make an attempt at governing, crafting laws, working for the American people. They didn’t even put together a ‘platform’ last year, just kissed T-Rump’s ass and continue to do nothing but raise silly-ass questions about shit that in the long run is way-meaningless.
All they’ve got is chaos, fed on years and years of culture clashes and false themes of ‘welfare queens‘ and Mexicans as ‘bringing crime. They’re rapists…‘ to throw attention away from their complete uselessness, except for being cruel.

Paul Waldman at The Washington Post this morning notes the GOP image of acting-out:

Cornyn’s implied complaint is that there’s too much of that and not enough off-the-cuff riffing from Biden. But when you say the president is too “scripted,” you’re critiquing how he acts as a performer.
You’re saying that you’d prefer that performance to be looser, more improvisational, more interestingly unpredictable — more jazz, less classical.

To what end, though? It can’t be so that we can all understand his administration’s policies better.
If the president delivers prepared remarks on his new infrastructure plan for 15 minutes and then banters with reporters about it for another 15, chances are that the first half will be more precise and informative.

What about “accountability”? Shouldn’t he have to answer tough questions? Absolutely.
And sometimes that happens in impromptu back-and-forth with reporters or in longer interviews, but not always.
In fact, the more skilled a president is at performance, the better he can handle tough questioning without deviating from his preferred message.

Cornyn (and plenty of other Republicans) would like us to believe that because Biden is not always the most compelling public presence, he isn’t “in charge” of the substantive part of his job.
Which, when you think about it, is ridiculous.
Are we supposed to conclude that if Biden gives a meandering answer to a reporter’s question, it means White House staff are ignoring his instructions and decisions while some nefarious Rasputin is pulling his strings?

See, a GOP-induced crock pf shit…

(Illustration: ‘Jen Psaki,’ found here).

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