President Joe Biden’s new, incoming White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is already mired in controversy with many wondering how she can possibly be unbiased.
A newly resurfaced video, and tweet, shows the first black, female LGBTQ press secretary describing Fox News, who she will have to work with on a daily basis, as a “racist” news organization.
It came on March 15, 2020 when Jean-Pierre appeared on the MSNBC show “AM Joy,” with host Joy Reid on a panel that included Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin and former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele as they were talking about Fox News’ coverage of what was then the new COVID-19 pandemic.
“Fox News was racist before #coronavirus, they are racist during coronavirus, and Fox News will be racist after the coronavirus,” she said on Twitter, sharing a clip of her appearance.
"Fox News was racist before #coronavirus, they are racist during coronavirus, and Fox News will be racist after the coronavirus" @JoyAnnReid #AMJoy #MSNBC #SundayMorning pic.twitter.com/0oOQWqkSE8
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) March 15, 2020
During the interview she called the network “racist” and accused them of endangering the lives of Asian-Americans.
“[Fox News] was racist before coronavirus, they are racist during the coronavirus, Fox News will be racist after the coronavirus. So there is nothing new here. I think the difference is they are all-in on being state TV for Donald Trump, and so they will continue to give the misinformation,” she said.
“The danger is, so yes, you have Asian Americans right now whose lives are seriously in danger. And, you have their own viewers who can now, the ones who are 60 and older who are watching, this is a health crisis that we’re in, this is a global pandemic, as the WHO have said, and they’re putting their lives in dangers,” the incoming press secretary said.
“What they’re putting out there is going to hurt people, and not help them,” she said.
But this is not the only reason the new press secretary is facing criticism and questions of her ability to be impartial.
One topic of criticism is her longtime partnership with CNN reporter Suzanne Malveaux with whom she has a 6-year-old adopted daughter, Soleil.
Malveaux has co-anchored the CNN shows “Around the World,” and “CNN Newsroom.” She has also been a White House correspondent for the network and a substitute host for Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”
And the incoming press secretary has also called two elections “stolen.”
She questioned the results of the 2016 presidential election, calling it “stolen” along with the 2018 Georgia election for governor which she also believed was stolen.
“Stolen emails, stolen drone, stolen election …..welcome to the world of #unpresidented Trump,” she said in December 2016.
Stolen emails, stolen drone, stolen election …..welcome to the world of #unpresidented Trump https://t.co/NI7vqPV6cu
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) December 18, 2016
“Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams,” she said in April 2020.
Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams.https://t.co/ZIKGTd6U1v
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) April 2, 2020
How is President Joe Biden’s new Disinformation Governance Board going to feel about these tweets? And, for that matter, how is Twitter going to feel about since, apparently, it missed this disinformation.
Still the president supports her.
“Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration on behalf of the American people,” he said last week. “Jill and I have known and respected Karine a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this Administration.”