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PolitiFact parent company gushed that Jen Psaki was ‘one of the best publicists ever’ in glowing tribute

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On Thursday, the Poynter Institute doted on outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki, heaping praise on the future MSNBC pundit ahead of her final day with the Biden administration.

“Psaki will go down as one of the best to ever hold the title of White House press secretary,” wrote Tom Jones, Poynter’s media editor. “Psaki restored honor, dignity and class to the White House briefing room after four years of Donald Trump’s press officers, who seemed more interested in causing fights and criticizing the media than in effectively communicate the policies and agenda of this administration.”


The Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists, is also the parent company of PolitiFact, which claims to be a “nonpartisan fact-checking website” despite regularly favoring Democrats.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Friday, March 4, 2022.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Jones’ lengthy tribute to Psaki, which is set to join MSNBC later this year, took a variety of beatings from Trump administration press secretaries throughout the glowing piece headlined bluntly, “The Legacy of Jen PSAKI? One of the best press secretaries of all time.”

Jones wrote that Psaki was “constantly prepared”, “effective in communicating for the president” and “always respectful” of journalists.

Media writer Poynter admitted that many in the industry, including The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, feel serving as the president’s spokesperson with the MSNBC gig on the horizon is a “conflict of interest.” undeniable,” but immediately defended her for at least taking action. “to avoid such conflict or show favoritism.”


PolitiFact parent company gushed that Jen Psaki was ‘one of the best publicists ever’ in glowing tribute

White House press secretary Jen Psaki smiles as she enters one of her final briefings, before leaving her role.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Psaki, who has become a far-left heroine, also joked about the supply chain crisis, was mocked for often telling reporters she would “step back” when faced with tough questions, said claimed Biden inherited ‘no real plan’ for a vaccine rollout, routinely refused to comment on scandals involving Hunter Biden, unreservedly denounced since-debunked photos of Border Patrol agents who allegedly whipped migrants in September 2021 and fought with non-liberal media journalists.

Poynter’s flattering article even praised Psaki for showing up for work, something her future MSNBC colleague, Rachel Maddow, only does on Mondays after reducing her workload this month.

“Not only was Psaki good at her job, but she actually showed up for her job. According to a tweet from Erik Wemple of The Washington Post, Psaki held 222 briefings on Tuesday of this week. And that’s in less than 16 months on the job. . That’s more than all of Trump’s press secretaries put together in Trump’s four years in office. Trump’s press secretaries put together 205 briefings. As I mentioned above, Grisham has not had a single official briefing in his eight months on the job,” Jones wrote. .

PolitiFact parent company gushed that Jen Psaki was ‘one of the best publicists ever’ in glowing tribute

Jen Psaki is expected to join MSNBC later this year.
(Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Poynter’s PolitiFact was accused last year of shielding President Biden and Vice President Harris from criticism over their past rhetoric expressing distrust of the coronavirus vaccine under the Trump administration. .

As the Biden administration aggressively pushed Americans to get vaccinated last summer, social media users resurfaced comments made during the 2020 election cycle by the then Democratic ticket that cast doubt on a vaccine developed under Trump.


Yet PolitiFact released a so-called “fact check” with the headline “Biden, Harris was suspicious of Trump with COVID-19 vaccines, not the vaccines themselves,” insisting that the clips used in the video were “selectively edited to take the statements out of context.”

PolitiFact was also roasted in November for an ill-aged “fact-check” claiming Kyle Rittenhouse’s gun possession was illegal, which resurfaced when the charge was dropped.

PSAKI will be replaced by Deputy Principal Press Officer Karine Jean-Pierre.

Fox News’ Yael Halon and Lindsey Kornick contributed to this report.

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