White House press secretary Jen Psaki declared that “cable news is dying” and that its “ratings are dwindling” — simply months before she reportedly accepted a suggestion from MSNBC.
Psaki made the remarks throughout an interview with actor Rob Lowe on his podcast on Feb. 18. Her remarks have been cited by the news site Mediaite.
“So I’m going to give you an optimistic view on this right now, which is — cable news is dying, right?” Psaki instructed Lowe on his podcast, “Literally! With Rob Lowe.” “The ratings are dwindling, right? And there’s dwindling readership as well of a lot of national newspapers.”
Psaki mentioned she hoped that streaming news platforms as an alternative would are available to interchange cable TV news with “a form for creating a range of content that is informative” fairly than simply having “Democrats and Republicans yelling at each other on a set.”
“And isn’t from a viewpoint but is telling you and explaining to you what does voter suppression mean?” Psaki mentioned. “When we say ‘misinformation,’ what is that, right? Or when we say ‘climate change,’ what do we mean by that? And it’s not just about people hugging trees.”
Psaki is in unique talks with MSNBC and has been in shut session with the White House counsel’s workplace about her pending departure, Axios reported Friday, citing sources accustomed to the plans.
The tentative deal would place Psaki because the host of a present on NBCUniversal’s streaming platform Peacock. She would even be part of MSNBC’s reside cable programming on numerous reveals, in accordance with Axios.
While no deal has been finalized, Psaki has reportedly knowledgeable two senior officers on the White House of her departure and her future plans, two sources instructed the outlet.
The White House press crew has not but been formally notified that Psaki can be leaving.
Psaki has lengthy been anticipated to depart the White House for a TV gig, and experiences emerged in February that her companies have been sought by each CNN — the place she labored as a commentator in the course of the Trump administration — and MSNBC.
At the time, Psaki laughed off a query looking for to substantiate the report, saying she would nonetheless be working on the White House in the intervening time.
“I have more than enough on my plate here. And so you can’t get rid of me quite yet,” Psaki instructed reporters.
In May 2021, the press secretary indicated that she deliberate to depart from the administration someday this yr.
“I think it’s going to be time for somebody else to have this job in a year from now or about a year from now,” she mentioned on the time on a podcast with CNN analyst David Axelrod.
Psaki has not briefed the press since March 21. The following day, she introduced she had examined optimistic for COVID-19, forcing her to overlook President Biden’s journey to Belgium and Poland. Her deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre, went in her stead and examined optimistic upon her return to the US final weekend.
Psaki’s departure would comply with a number of exits from Vice President Kamala Harris’ workplace, together with that of former spokesperson Symone Sanders, who additionally signed an unique cope with MSNBC in January to host a present on Peacock.
It just isn’t unusual for former administration officers — equivalent to press secretaries — to hitch networks as commentators or hosts.
Former Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany works as a commentator for Fox News, whereas one other former Trump press secretary, Sean Spicer, hosts his personal present on Newsmax TV.