White House press secretary Jennifer Psaki has apparently had enough of Newsmax White House correspondent Emerald Robinson's tendency to continue shouting additional questions after White House press briefings have concluded.
On Monday afternoon, near the conclusion of the daily White House briefing — which has become a "circus" of late, according to one veteran White House reporter — Psaki doubled down on the administration's criticism of the "horrific" behavior of some U.S. Border Patrol agents in their handling of Haitian migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
"I don't think anyone could look at those photos and think that was appropriate action or behavior or something that should be accepted within our administration. There's an investigation. That's ongoing. We'll let that play out," the press secretary said. "But our reaction to the photos has not changed."
That was the end of the briefing — except apparently not for Robinson, the accredited corresponded for far-right cable news channel Newsmax.
"Thank you, everyone," said Psaki. An unidentified reporter responded, "Thank you, Jen," making clear that the briefing was over.
Robinson kept going, calling out, "I have a question. On the polling. The president's polling continues to collapse ..." but got no further.
"Emerald, I know you like to shout at the end," Psaki responded. "Next time, we'll do it during the briefing."
As Psaki departed, briefing book in hand, Robinson made one more try: "Well, if you'd call on me..."
"Thank you so much," Psaki said on her way out with the door.
For her part, Robinson appeared to be pleased with the aftermath of the encounter when down, responding to a video of the exchange by stating, "223,000 views and counting." Robinson also received words of encouragement from Newsmax primetime host Greg Kelly, who wrote, "WOW! PressSec ("Jennifer") really SUCKS at being PressSec."
Psaki's online fans, who refer to her as "#PsakiBomb," naturally believed she had emerged unscathed. But Monday's minor scuffle highlights a challenge that the White House press office continues to face under Biden: rogue right-wing White House reporters, including some with dubious qualifications.
As Salon reported last week, Psaki and her team have also wrestled with how to handle eccentric Christian White House reporter Matthew Anthony Harper, who does not appear for a reputable news agency of any kind. Nevertheless, Harper continues to call for an investigation into both "upper" and "lower" press officials in the Biden White House, against whom he has made highly unspecific allegations of wrongdoing.
Watch the exchange between Robinson and Psaki below, via YouTube:
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'Y'all are a bunch of children!' Fed-up parent shames anti-maskers during contentious school board meeting
A fed-up parent attending his child's school board meeting this week shamed parents who came to the meeting to rage against the district's mask policy.
The Tacoma News Tribune reports that this week's Peninsula School Board was once again filled with tirades from anti-mask parents who denounced the district's mask policy for students as "socialist," "Marxist" and "mind-control."
After giving the parents time to vent, Board Member Deb Krishnadasan reminded them of why they were keeping the mask mandate for students, as a repeal of mask rules in Kittitas County, Washington earlier this year led to such a surge in COVID-19 cases that schools nearly had to be shut down entirely.
"Bottom line, masks are mandatory and they are helping keep our schools safe and open," she explained.
Not every parent was there to attack the school board, however.
One man, who only identified himself as Eric and who said he had a child at a local elementary school, thanked the board for trying to keep staff members safe from the virus.
"I don't want them to get sick, and I don't want them to die like some of my friends at work have," the man said.
He then turned his attention to the anti-maskers in the audience, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.
"Y'all are a bunch of children over minor inconveniences when more than half a million people have died," he said, which resulted in shouts from anti-maskers. "Sorry I get a little passionate about this. I just want my kid to be safe."
‘Turn yourself in’: Gabby Petito’s family, attorney urge Brian Laundrie to surrender as FBI manhunt continues
NEW YORK — Gabby Petito’s family and their attorney urged her missing fiancé Tuesday to surrender to authorities and end a massive manhunt that has drawn nationwide attention following the woman’s mysterious death this summer. Attorney Richard Stafford also told reporters at a Long Island news conference that Petito’s parents do not expect the family of Brian Laundrie to cooperate with the investigation. Laundrie, who was on a cross-country trip with Petito when she disappeared, is considered a “person of interest” in her homicide. “The Laundries did not help us find Gabby. They’re sure not go...
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