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Peter Doocy Tried To Get Snarky With Jen Psaki – That Was A Very Bad Idea

At Wednesday’s White House Press Briefing, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy tried to use snark and sarcasm to get the best of press secretary Jen Psaki, but he soon found out what a mistake that was.

Doocy began by asking:

“Why did you guys decide to rebrand the rise in gas prices as the #PutinPriceHike?”

Psaki responded:

“I mean if you want to use that on Fox, I welcome that.”

And that’s when Doocy turned up the sarcasm:

“I think it will get a lot of airtime because we heard the president warn for months that gas prices are rising because of the supply chain and because of post-pandemic demand. If you guys knew for months that this was going to be the hashtag #PutinPriceHike, why are we just hearing that now?”

Calmly, Psaki replied:

“As you know, events in the world, including an invasion by Russia of a foreign country does prompt instability and volatility in the global oil markets. And there are all sorts of issues that could impact that. That’s what we’re seeing now.”

That led Doocy to inquire for what seems like the 10 millionth time about the 9,000 oil and gas leases across the U.S. that aren’t being used:

“Would President Biden cut red tape to make that possible?”

The press secretary responded with a question of her own:

“What red tape needs to be cut? They have the permits, they have the capacity to do it. What’s holding them up?”

Rather than accept that and move on, Doocy used more snark:

“Does President Biden think each of these 9,000 leases that are available have oil or gas in them? When you say that, this represents a fundamental misunderstanding as to how this process works.”

That’s when Psaki took the Fox reporter to school on the subject:

“That should not require us inviting them to do that. What additional permits do they need? The leases are there, the permits are there. I don’t think they need an embroidered invitation to drill. They are oil companies.

“The permits have been granted, Peter. These are private sector companies. We recognize that. Many of them are making record profits. We see that. … We’re asking them to use the approved permits, to use the unused space and go and get more supply out of the ground in our own country.”

Doocy then turned (also for the 10 millionth time) to the Keystone XL pipeline, which led Psaki to reply:

“Why don’t you tell me what that would help address?”


“You say all options are on the table. Is restarting the Keystone pipeline one of them?”

Psaki shut Doocy down with facts and logic:

“If you’re trying to bring about more supply, that does not address any problem. We’re already getting that oil, Peter. The pipeline is just the delivery mechanism. It is not an oil field.”

Poor little Doocy. He keeps trying to start an argument with Jen Psaki and all he gets is another ass whipping.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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