Trouble in Paradise: Doocy Hits Psaki Over Harris Turnover, Rampant Crime

The omicron strain of the coronavirus continued to suck up much of the oxygen on Thursday as the liberal media’s fear machine dominated The Psaki Show, but Fox’s Peter Doocy focused on other topics as he sparred with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki over the staffing turmoil in Vice President Kamala Harris’s office and the rampant crime in American cities.

After citing the confirmed and reported staffing changes, Doocy didn’t waste any time in firing off this question: “Is the Vice President not satisfied with the staffing that she has had so far or do people just not want to work for her anymore?”



Psaki also did her job, insisting on that “working on a presidential campaign…and working in the first year of a White House is exciting and rewarding but it’s also grueling and exhausting”And so “it’s natural for staffers who’ve thrown their heart and soul into a job to be ready to move on to a new challenge.”

After she added she wouldn’t speak to any particular announcements other than Symone Sanders’s departure and Harris’s office would have more information, Doocy pressed as to whether it’s “not a case of bad headlines…and a decision…to shake”All things “up…to fix an image issue.”

Psaki made clear she wouldn’t have much else to say besides complimenting Sanders, so Doocy broadened things out and specifically whether Harris believes her “staff are to blame for her not making any kind of meaningful progress on the big things in portfolio” like immigration and voting.

Again, Psaki wasn’t interested, leaving Doocy to pivot to crime and citing how “big cities are dealing with smash-and-grab robberies, a record number of police officers have been shot and killed this year.”

“What is President Biden going to do about all this lawlessness,”He was curious.

Psaki offered a boilerplate answer about Biden’s support of law enforcement and budgeting “additional funding,” which led Doocy to ask what the White House has attributed to said lawlessness.

Asked whether it’s the pandemic, Psaki agreed, arguing “many people have conveyed that” Another one of the “root causes” being “guns and gun violence.”

Doocy provided another remarkable explanation for why so many stores in large cities are unsafe before Doocy moved on.

DOOCY: But to your point — so, when a huge group of criminals organizes themselves and they want to go loot a store, a CVS, a Nordstrom, a Home Depot until the shelves are clean, you think that’s because of the pandemic? 

PSAKI – I think the root cause of a lot if communities is the pandemic.

A few minutes later, The Wall Street Journal’s Tarini Parti followed up on the staffing changes and whether the administration’s “expecting or preparing for turnover” and, based on Psaki’s answer, it sure seems like there will be.

NPR’s Tamara Keith and McClatchy’s Bryan Lowry were at the other end of the spectrum, pressing hard from the left as part of the liberal media’s campaign to implement Covid testing and vaccine mandates on domestic flights (click “expand”):

KEITH : I have a question about Covid. While you can get a variety of this problem, the public health professionals are suggesting that we ship rapid tests and ship them to all American households. Is it necessary to require domestic vaccinations, or even a flight test? Why not go further in the direction of — of, you know, public health and mandates given the risk and the fact that we’re headed into winter?


KEITH. Can you find the best way to implement it? Do you worry about legal issues? Do you worry about legal challenges? 


LOWRY – I am just following up on the question of domestic travel, which was raised a couple moments ago. It was clear that there are no other options. Do you mean that there is active discussion about domestic airline travel and a vaccination requirement? Can you clarify how active that conversation is, whether we can see something before — before Christmas?

These people just won’t stop, will they?

To see the relevant transcript from December 2’s briefing (including a questions about the mask mandates from CNBC’s Kayla Tausche, a school vaccine mandate from Fox Business Network’s Edward Lawrence, and boycotting the Beijing Olympics from VOA’s Patsy WidakuswaraClick here to view

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