There really seems to be a streak of masochism in many Republicans and conservative media shills. They have no apparent limit to the amount of abuse they can take after making ridiculous remarks or idiotic inquiries. And Peter Doocy of Fox News is the best example of this perverse personality flaw, particularly during his attempted “gotcha” questions for Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
Doocy recently got creamed by Psaki when he went off about “Critical Weenie Theory.” It happened again when he tried to make an issue of Olympic hopeful Gwen Berry protesting social injustice. He also did it while criticizing Vice-President Kamala Harris for going to the border after months of complaining that she hadn’t. And then there was the time he sought to turn the origins of the COVID virus into a contrived melodrama.
On Monday morning Doocy was at it again. During the White House daily press briefing, Doocy sought to catch Psaki off guard by dissecting the language of a previous statement in order to suggest some sort of policy failure regarding the recent protests in Cuba (video below):
Doocy: On Cuba, you’re talking today about how some of these protesters were inspired by the people exhausted with the government. Why is it that yesterday the State Department was saying that this is all happening out of concern about rising COVID cases?
Psaki: I would say first that the protests were just happening yesterday. We’re still assessing what is motivating and driving all of the individuals who came to the streets. But we know that we say exhaustion, that the manner by which the people of Cuba are governed, that can cover a range of issues. whether it’s economic suppression, media suppression, lack of access to health and medical supplies, including vaccines, there are a range of reasons and voices we’re hearing from people on the ground who are protesting.
Doocy: So when these protestors are yelling ‘freedom’ and ‘enough,’ there are people in the administration who think they are saying ‘freedom from rising COVID cases’?
Psaki: Again, I would say that people are out there in the streets protesting and complaining about the lack of access to economic prosperity, to the medical supplies they need, to a life they deserve to live. That can take on a range of meanings. There’s a global pandemic right now. Most people in that country don’t have access to vaccines. That’s certainly something we’d love to help with.
You have to give Doocy credit for persistence. After getting smacked down with the first response to his pedantic question, he asks the very same question again, but modifies it to make even dumber. It doesn’t take much intellect to recognize that the Cuban people want “freedom” from an oppressive regime whose failures are putting their lives at risk. But it may be too much for Doocy and Fox News, who even complained about a New York Times story that referred to “Shouting ‘Freedom’ and other anti-government slogans,”was as an attack on freedom. Obviously, chanting “freedom” is staunchly anti-government if you’re doing it in a country that’s been run by dictators for decades.
For the record, the Cuban protesters were, in part, protesting the government response to the COVID pandemic that is surging in their country, along with other issues touching on economics and liberty. The government has badly mismanaged their vaccination program where only 15% of the population is vaccinated. Even Doocy’s Fox News colleagues reported the protests as being driven by “various government shortcomings including […] medicine shortages.” So Psaki was right both times she answered.
Nevertheless, Doocy will show up again tomorrow to frame another question in manner that only makes him look desperate to zing Psaki. And he will remain blissfully ignorant of the fact that he simply doesn’t have the mental dexterity to vanquish his far superior foe. At some point Fox News should show some mercy and take him off of this beat. But then, who would they give it to? It’s not like they have a stable of intellectual giants waiting to be called up.
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Peter Doocy grills Psaki on the Biden admin's suggestion that the protests in Cuba are in response to COVID: "So when these protestors are yelling 'freedom' and 'enough,' there are people in the administration who think they are saying 'freedom from rising COVID cases'?" pic.twitter.com/w66RgxEYnB
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