Jean-Pierre Blasted For Shouting Down Reporters Asking Legitimate Questions Of Fauci Regarding COVID-19

 November 24, 2022

During Tuesday’s press conference, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre (KJP), faced renewed backlash from reporters and Twitter users alike after yelling at the press pool.

When reporters tried to ask Dr. Anthony Fauci about investigations into the origins of COVID – 19, KJP took it upon herself to rebuke the press pool. After Dr. Anthony Fauci, outgoing White House chief medical adviser, spoke about the administration’s vaccine efforts, Daily Caller White House correspondent Diana Glebova attempted to ask a question regarding investigations into the origin of the coronavirus. Jean-Pierre, instead of answering, rebuked Glebova for being "disrespectful." Jean-Pierre continued-

"We have a process here. I'm not calling out on people who yell. And you're being, you're being, you're being disrespectful to your colleagues, and you're being disrespectful to our guest," …and "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."

- Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary

When other reporters, came to Glebova’s defense of the questions, Jean-Pierre continuing to yell that she was "done" answering their questions. The backlash was immediate.

  • Stephen Miller, The Spectator contributing editor joked, "An incredible display of threatening anti-journalism. This is dangerous. This is a vile threat to the very foundations of which our free press democracy is based upon. A free press that is allowed to question our government is a sacred virtue for which our Republic must safe gua-"
  • Brent Scher, Washington Free Beacon executive editor tweeted "What does [Jim Acosta] think about this? Attack on the free press?"
  • Dave Rubin, Political commentator remarked, "What a condescending, smug, absolute embarrassment KJP is…"
  • Rebecca Heinrichs, Hudson Institute senior fellow wrote-  "Qs about Covid origins are legitimate and every reporter shld be asking them. This reaction from the WH is really weird,".
  • Jack McGuire Barstool Sports blogger Jack McGuire tweeted, "Why [does] she think she’s a 3rd grade teacher."
  • Geoffrey Ingersoll The Daily Caller editor-in-chief wrote- "She's utterly losing control of the press corps because the WH consistently spends an inordinate amount of time taking questions from the same 12 corporate reporters, day in and day out. It's shameful. On the same day FOIA's return Fauci's early planning on the origins of covid,".

Commenting on the exchange from her Twitter account, Glebova herself stated-

"I attempted to ask Fauci several times on what he personally did to demand answers into the origins of COVID-19. I always come with honest answers that Americans want to know. That's why the White House refuses to call on me, and then calls ME ‘disrespectful,’"

Diana Glebova, Daily Caller White House Correspondent

The Daily Caller, editor-in-chief, Geoffrey Ingersoll, further condemned Jean-Pierre, along with her habit of picking only a few friendly reporters to call on at briefings, in an exclusive statement to Fox News Digital said-

"In the wake of Biden's meeting with Xi, and in the same hour that unredacted emails were released showing Dr. Fauci's early messaging efforts on Covid origins, we tried to ask the doctor if he had advised the president to press Xi for transparency on covid. KJP immediately bulldogged our reporter to wait for a ‘turn' that never materialized and respect the ‘process.’ Instead of substance, that ‘process’ resulted in the same parade of dorks asking silly questions like ‘why have masks become a pejorative?’ and how Fauci, who admitted lying to Americans, counters ‘disinformation,’" adding… "Jean-Pierre presides over a bush league facsimile of journalism, and the [White House Correspondents' Association] has facilitated it by constituting pressers as anti-democratically as possible."

- Geoffrey Ingersoll, The Daily Caller Editor-In-Chief

Since Jen Psaki originally served as the press secretary, White House reporters have criticized the way the Biden administration has conducted press conferences. Several reporters, just this last March, were caught in a tense debate after Associated Press correspondent, Josh Boak, called an end to a conference after less than 45 minutes. Apparently, as a result, members of the press accused the administration of prioritizing establishment media pundits. As clearly seen they have their favorites – especially preferring the ones who ask questions, with a soft landing for KJP and don’t force her to think. For her, this seems especially helpful, since it appears she often sadly has difficulty, reading her notes on any given subject being discussed.

A truly disgraceful performance before the American public, Karine Jean-Pierre, continues to demonstrate the caliber of Administration officials that Biden has chosen. That she attacks free speech by limiting questions, attempting to control the press corps, should be no surprise. Her behavior is in lock-step with her boss and his socialist – leftist policies that exude - “we know better than you – don’t ask questions”.

“There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism—by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.”

-Ayn Rand


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