Be prepared when you ask questions you did not research

Be careful what you ask. “Jen Psaki Destroys Fox News ‘Gotcha’ Question About Georgia Voting Law” by David Hoye of the HuffPost.is an article worth reading. A link is below. Here are a few paragraphs that give you the gist.

Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy attempted to get White House press secretary Jen Psaki in a ‘gotcha’ question on Tuesday only to end up humiliated by a pesky little thing called ‘facts.’

It happened after Doocy brought up Major League Baseball’s decision to move its 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver in response to Georgia’s new restrictive voting law, which limits the use of drop boxes for absentee ballots and imposes ID requirements on those who vote by mail, among other restrictions.

‘Is the White House concerned that Major League Baseball is moving their All-Star Game to Colorado, where voting regulations are very similar to Georgia?’ Doocy asked.

Doocy was aping a new conservative talking point that the new law in Georgia isn’t that restrictive compared to voting laws in Colorado, since both states require ID to vote, and the Peach State offers 17 days of in-person early voting compared to 15 days in the Centennial State.

‘First, let me say, on Colorado. Colorado allows you to register on Election Day, Colorado has voting by mail where they send, to 100% of people in the state who are eligible, applications to vote by mail,’ Psaki said, adding that 94% of Colorado citizens voted by mail in the 2020 election.

Colorado also accepts 16 forms of identification, compared to Georgia’s six.

Psaki also made another distinction between Georgia’s new voting law and the existing one in Colorado. 

‘The Georgia legislation is built on a lie. There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, Georgia’s top Republican election officials have acknowledged that repeatedly in interviews,” she said. ”And what there was, however, was record-setting turnout, especially by voters of color. So instead, what we’re seeing here, for politicians who didn’t like the outcome, they’re not changing their policies to win more votes, they’re changing the rules to exclude more voters. And we certainly see the circumstances as different.’

President Joe Biden has criticized the Georgia law and its impact on voters of color, calling it ‘Jim Crow in the 21st century.’

Psaki ended the question by pointing out that in a free society, ‘It’s up to Major League Baseball to determine where they’re holding their All-Star Game.

Doocy didn’t ask a follow-up question.”

Note, Doocy did not fare well last week either, when he raised the issue of not being called on by the President at a recent conference. He insinuated there was a “no call list.” This brief interchange put that to bed.

“Psaki replied: ‘We’re here having a conversation aren’t we? And don’t I take questions from you every time you come to the briefing room?’

‘Yes but,’ Doocy started.

She quickly interrupted him. ‘Hasn’t the president taken questions from you since he came into office? Yes or no?’

Doocy got defensive. ‘Only when I have shouted after he goes through his whole list and the president has been very generous with his time with Fox. I’m just curious about this list that he’s given.'”

In my simple view, if a reporter plans on asking a question, especially one that is designed to trip someone up or make them reveal something, it would behoove him or her to know the facts. Of course, it has never stopped the higher paid talk show hosts who do not let the truth get in the way of their narrative.

Jen Psaki Destroys Fox News ‘Gotcha’ Question About Georgia Voting Law | HuffPost

9 thoughts on “Be prepared when you ask questions you did not research

    • Kim, being prepared should not be that hard to do. I am impressed with Jen Psaki who does come prepared. Setting aside the untruthfulness of her counterparts under the former president, the caliber of Psaki is well above the others. As for Doocy, he should realize relying on the veracity of some at his network is unwise. There are some better folks on the news side, but the talk show hosts at Fox are entertainers, not news people. Keith

  1. Note to Readers: I am reminded of CBS reporter Paula Reid, who last summer had heard the former president say far too many times, that he passed the Veterans Choice and Veterans Accountability Act. She finally corrected him and asked why did he keep saying that as the law was passed in 2014? He had no clue he did not pass that. Words should matter. Truth should matter.

    • Janis, what is the old adage about “failing to prepare….” I would be curious to know how much of this interchange made it on air at Fox or was it just reported elsewhere? Keith

  2. I saw that exchange and thought it was terrific. Jen Psaki’s comparison of the Colorado and Georgia voting laws should be more widely publicized. They are the difference between the democracy v autocracy battle that Biden has made so very clear is what we’re in right now.

    • Annie, I agree. Living in NC, I have witnessed three laws relating to voting and redistricting passed by Republican majorities be ruled unconstitutional. When a party has to cheat to win, that speaks volumes. Keith

    • Linda, so true. Even at the same network, the difference in preparation and professionalism between Chris Wallace and Carlson, Hannity, etc. is a canyon. Keith

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