Karine Jean-Pierre Not Ready For Prime Time – White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is not “knocking it out of the park” in her role, says NewsNation host Chris Cuomo back in the summer after a series of mistakes. And sadly, as temps have dropped, she has not done much better.
And, to be frank, we aren’t sure what happens next.
“It takes a very specific kind of person to do that job effectively. When it comes to messaging from that pulpit, you’ve gotta have certain relationships with people in the media,” Cuomo told Bill O’Reilly during an appearance on his show months back.
O’Reilly took aim at Jean-Pierre and piled on, noting that she has only directly answered 2% of the media inquiries that have been fielded her way.
He joked that Cuomo should take her job and get Joe Biden to hire him because she can’t handle it.
“No, no,” he responded. “I would never work for the Biden administration. I would never work for anybody not named Cuomo. But I’ll tell you what, I would be great at that job.”
Karine Jean-Pierre Trapped in Talking Points
Karine Jean-Pierre has met with media criticism from early on due to her strict adherence to talking points.
Politico noted in June 2022 that reporters in the White House press briefing room were frustrated with her answers because they were incoherent.
“She was unaware that Interior Secretary Deb Haaland had tested positive for Covid and didn’t know Biden had been with Haaland two days before at a Memorial Day event. “Oh, were they?” she said, to which the reporter pointedly noted pictures of the pair,” Politico said. “And when asked that day about the president telling Naval Academy graduates that he had been appointed to the academy in 1965 — a claim met with skepticism — Jean Pierre said: ‘I didn’t hear that part of the speech.’”
Others have complained that Karine Jean-Pierre cannot finish a sentence without looking at her notebook in contrast with her predecessor, Jen Psaki, who could think on her feet.
Jean-Pierre spends much of her time reading from her notes.
National Review reporter Nate Hochman noted in February that people hated Psaki and her Trump-era predecessor Kayleigh McAnany because they didn’t share their ideological beliefs, but they still were competent at what they did. Jean-Pierre is in an incompetent class of her own.
“Again, conservatives disliked Psaki for the same reason that progressives disliked Kayleigh McEnany — Psaki and McEnany’s jobs were partisan, making the case for policies, positions, and ideas that the other side of the aisle disagreed with,” Hochman wrote. “Jean-Pierre, somehow, has a below-average ability to do the very basic things her job requires.”
Jean-Pierre An Embarrassment
He argued that Jean-Pierre offered nothing but constant embarrassment.
Instead of firing Jean-Pierre and finding someone who can do the job, Biden has kept her on.
This stands in contrast with Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer who was forced out in 2017 after a few months on the job due to his inability to handle the press and his having become the butt of late-night television jokes.
Usually, when a person gets a legal complaint, they are toast, but not Jean-Pierre. The Office of Special Counsel found she violated the Hatch Act when she lambasted “MAGA Republicans” days before the 2022 midterm elections. Yet she remains in her job.
“Especially in front of this fawning media backdrop, there’s really no other way to say it: Jean-Pierre is really bad at her job,” Federalist Editorial Director Kylee Griswold wrote.
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.