White House press sec Jen Psaki says Biden doesn't want to 'fight' Fox News after Trump 'completely destroyed trust in media' and institutions
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. SAUL LOEB / AFP via Getty Images
Jen Psaki said the government does not want to start a fight with right-wing media.
She argued Biden had to use Fox News to get his message across to Americans about COVID-19.
And she said Biden did not want to undermine trust in the media following Trump's attacks.
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration did not want to argue with a retail outlet like Fox News after former President Donald Trump made media undermining a central tenet of its policies.
While former President Barack Obama's administration treated Fox as an opponent, Psaki defended the Biden administration's decision to add representatives to the Conservative network during a recent interview on Snapchat's "Good Luck America" newscast. She argued that the Conservative network's audience is too important to ignore and that fighting the media would detract from more important issues.
"Having an argument with Fox News for the government at this point is not particularly constructive when a government has completely destroyed trust in the media, trust in institutions," said Psaki. "This is not the fight we want to be fighting now, is it? We want to fight a fight to get the pandemic under control and things that actually affect people's lives."
Psaki, who also served in the Obama administration, said the White House needs to speak to Fox viewers to effectively get its message across, particularly on COVID-19 and vaccinations. And she said the government is not allowing officials to air with Fox opinion leaders, many of whom have spread misinformation about the coronavirus and vaccinations.
"You have to be able to speak through a number of formats to reach the public - that is your goal," she said. "It also means running a number of platforms that the president may not like ... but that's fine, our job isn't just talking to people who like us."
Psaki told reporters at a press conference earlier this month that the White House was in "regular contact" with Fox and other media outlets about their coverage of the pandemic.
Some of Fox's favorite hosts, including Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, have for months questioned the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and promoted false and misleading public health information. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, recently said right-wing media were partly responsible for the tens of millions of Americans who have so far refused to be injected.
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45th President of the United States
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