Psaki met privately with Fox News as part of WH effort to lobby for more positive coverage: Politico

The White House has quietly lobbied Fox News to soften criticism of the most unpopular president in U.S history including a private meeting between former press secretary Jen Psaki and the conservative network’s digital boss to make the website more “administration-friendly,” according to a Politico report.

According to Politico’s “West Wing Playbook” President Joe Biden’s communication team has been lobbying Fox to dial down criticism of the regime if only “marginally” with the primary focus being on in an “effort to push back on the site’s tone and editorial news judgment” according to the outlet.

“Any given day on, millions of readers see negative stories about the Biden administration’s handling of the economy, crime, immigration, and Covid-19, among many other topics. But over the past year, the White House has worked behind the scenes to get more of its perspective on Fox’s website,” Politico reported.

Prior to her departure, Psaki privately met with Porter Berry, the Fox News digital chief to “discuss the website’s portrayal of the administration,” Politico reported, citing “two people with knowledge” and that former Pentagon spokesman John Kirby “regularly corresponded” with the network’s Washington D.C. bureau chief over content on the Fox News website.

“The White House has also dangled various carrots for the network, including exclusives for its digital reporters,” according to Politico’s Max Tani and Alex Thompson.

One example of the Democrat penetration of Fox News provided was an op-ed co-authored by first lady Jill Biden and former GOP senator Elizabeth Dole calling for greater support for children of wounded, ill or injured military service members and veterans.

Another example was another opinion piece by former Democrat senator Doug Jones published Thursday in which he laid out his case for the confirmation of Steve Dettelbach, Biden’s nominee to head up the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in the aftermath of mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y. and Uvalde, Texas, arguing that the former U.S. attorney is the “right guy” to “vigorously enforce the federal firearms laws that are currently on the books.”

Also published on the Fox website was a piece by gun-grabbing Democrat Senator Chris Murphy demanding action from Republicans after the horrific Uvalde massacre which claimed the lives of 19 young children and two adult teachers.

“The Biden administration often turns to digital reporter Brooke Singman with exclusive policies it hopes Fox News readers will see, particularly around issues like crime, law enforcement, and veterans issues, areas where the White House feels it can tweak the narratives that often become cemented among the Fox News audience,” according to Politico.

The article notes that the White House is keenly aware of the massive audience that Fox News’ website is capable of reaching, “It’s a valuable audience. They’re reaching a lot of eyeballs online,” an unnamed administration official told West Wing Playbook.

A White House official acknowledged that “we engage with Fox to make sure we’re reaching Fox viewers,” according to a statement to Politico. “Democrats have long been split over whether to appear on Fox News, with one camp arguing that it’s important to reach conservatives and the other warning that it will legitimize an inherently political entity as a news outlet.”

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