Fox’s Peter Doocy snubbed at first Biden press conference
President Biden offered no questions to Fox News’s Peter Doocy at his first on-air press conference since taking office on Thursday, drawing criticism from Doocy and other Fox personalities.
Doocy sounded off on Fox after the roughly hourlong event, remarking that the president faced no questions about COVID-19 during the presser and also would have faced questions from Doocy on his $1.9 trillion stimulus package as well, had he had the chance.
“I mentioned last night … that I had a binder full of questions. I think some people were kidding, I was not,” Doocy said, leafing through a binder while on camera. “We had a lot, and most of this stuff, [the president] did not get to.”
“There really were not a lot of questions about COVID, particularly the investigation into the origins of it,” he added. “We did not get on the board with that, nobody else asked about that.”
Former White House press secretary Dana Perino, who served under former President George W. Bush, added that she would have advised the president to take questions from Fox had she been at the White House today.
“Why make Peter Doocy a story, right? Just take his question and move on,” she said.
Fox wasn’t the only major news outlet to not get a question: The New York Times also was among those who did not get called on.
The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.
Biden’s predecessor, former President Trump, frequently clashed with CNN’s Jim Acosta and other reporters during press conferences in 2017 and later during his presidency before the White House largely ended the practice of daily press briefings.
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