Ethics watchdog group: Is Psaki misusing her position to benefit her future employer?

Ethics watchdog group: Is Psaki misusing her position to benefit her future employer?

  • April 19, 2022

Karen Townsend, HotAir

Today Protect the Public’s Trust sent a letter to Dana A. Remus, Counsel to the President; Emery A. Rounds, III, Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics; and Corey Amundson, Chief, Public Integrity Section at the Department of Justice. The watchdog group is requesting an investigation and transparency around the ethics of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s employment negotiations. Is she misusing her position to help her future employer, MSNBC?

I say it may be ethical, technically speaking, because Psaki claims she has not formally signed a contract with MSNBC. Apparently the story is that she has a verbal agreement with the network for the time being. Yet, I wrote about Jens’s next move a couple of times recently because there are conflicts that have arisen and she is doing little to show why she should still be employed by this White House. NBC journalists aren’t happy with the network’s decision to bring her on and give her a show to be streamed on Peacock. Such an easy revolving door will tarnish the network’s brand, they say. I know. Self-awareness isn’t a thing with D.C. reporters. And she recently was interviewed for a podcast conducted by four Obama bros who encouraged her to slam Fox News Channel’s White House correspondent, Peter Doocy. Classless.

Enter Protect the Public’s Trust. They are doing what the press corps should be doing – asking for some transparency from Psaki. After all, it is this administration, from Biden to Psaki, who have pledged to conduct the most ethical and transparent administration ever. That should have been a red flag to anyone reporting on this White House. Between the reputation of Biden, Inc. and the level of arrogance and snark coming from Psaki on the daily to the press corps, at least to the likes of Doocy, it should be obvious that this White House has contempt for the press and reporters in general. Biden rarely is “allowed” by his handlers to hold press conferences with the White House press corps and when he does he is prone to chuckle at what he perceives as stupid questions and scold reporters.

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