The Poynter Institute fawned over outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki Thursday, showering the future MSNBC pundit with praise before her last day with the Biden administration.
"Psaki will go down as one of the best to ever hold the title of White House press secretary," Poynter senior media writer Tom Jones wrote. "Psaki has restored honor, dignity and class to the White House briefing room after four years of Donald Trump press secretaries, who seemed more interested in picking fights and criticizing the media than effectively communicating that administration’s policies and agenda."
The Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists, is also the parent company of PolitiFact, which claims to be a "nonpartisan fact-checking website" despite regularly favoring Democrats.
Jones’ lengthy tribute to Psaki, who is expected to join MSNBC later this year, took a variety of jabs at Trump administration press secretaries throughout the glowing feature bluntly headlined, "Jen Psaki’s legacy? One of the best press secretaries ever."
Jones wrote that Psaki was "consistently prepared," "effective in communicating for the president" and "always respectful" of reporters.
The Poynter media writer admitted that many within the industry, including The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, feel that serving as the president’s spokesperson with the MSNBC gig on the horizon is an "unmistakable conflict of interest," but immediately defended her for at least taking steps "to avoid such a conflict or to show favoritism."
Psaki, who has emerged as a hero of the far-left, has also joked about the supply chain crisis, was mocked for frequently telling reporters she’d "circle back" when faced with tough questions, claimed Biden inherited "no real plan" for a vaccine rollout, regularly refused to comment on scandals involving Hunter Biden, wholeheartedly ... (Read more)
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