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Jen Psaki hit cable news before taking over the MSNBC gig

White House press secretary Jen Psaki declared that “cable news is dying” and that its “ratings are dwindling” – just months before she reportedly accepted an offer from MSNBC.

Psaki made the remarks during an interview with actor Rob Lowe on his podcast on Feb. 18. Your comments were quoted by the News site Mediaite.

“So now I’m going to give you an optimistic take on that, which is — cable news is dying, right?” Psaki told Lowe on his podcast, titled “Literally! With Rob Lowe.” “The ratings are going down, aren’t they? And there is also a dwindling readership of many national newspapers.”

Psaki said she hopes streaming news platforms will instead replace cable TV news with “a form of creating a range of informational content,” rather than just “Democrats and Republicans yelling at each other on a set.”

“And isn’t from a point of view but tells you and explains to you what voter suppression means?” said Psaki. “When we say ‘misinformation,’ what is that, right? Or when we say “climate change”, what do we mean? And it’s not just about people hugging trees.”

Rob Lowe, who starred in the hit TV drama "west wing," is also the host of a podcast called "Literally!  With Rob Lowe."
Rob Lowe, who starred in hit TV drama The West Wing, is also the host of a podcast called Literally! With Rob Lowe.”
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Psaki is in exclusive talks with MSNBC and has been in close consultation with the Office of the White House Counsel about her imminent departure. Axios reported on Fridayciting sources familiar with the plans.

The tentative deal would place Psaki as the host of a show on NBCUniversal’s streaming platform Peacock. According to Axios, she would also be part of MSNBC’s live cable program on various shows.

Though no deal has been finalized, Psaki has reportedly briefed two senior White House officials on her departure and future plans, two sources told the outlet.

The White House press team has not yet been officially informed that Psaki will be leaving.

Psaki, a former Obama administration official who worked as a paid commentator for CNN during the Trump presidency, was long expected to return to television.
Psaki, a former Obama administration official who worked as a paid commentator for CNN during the Trump presidency, was long expected to return to television.
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Psaki had long been expected to leave the White House for a television appearance, and reports surfaced in February that her services were being sought by both CNN — where she worked as a commentator during the Trump administration — and MSNBC.

At the time, Psaki laughed at a question seeking to confirm the report, saying she would still work at the White House for the time being.

“I have more than enough to do here. And that’s why you can’t get rid of me completely just yet,” Psaki told reporters.

According to a report, Psaki will not replace Rachel Maddow at MSNBC.
According to a report, Psaki will not replace Rachel Maddow at MSNBC.
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In May 2021, the press secretary announced that she plans to retire from administration sometime this year.

“I think it’s time for someone else to take over this job in a year or a year or so,” she said on a podcast with CNN analyst David Axelrod at the time.

Psaki has not informed the press since March 21. The following day, she announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19, forcing her to miss President Biden’s trip to Belgium and Poland. Her deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre, took her place and tested positive on her return to the United States last weekend.

Psaki’s departure would follow several departures from Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, including that of former spokeswoman Symone Sanders, who also signed an exclusive deal with MSNBC in January to host a show about Peacock.

It’s not uncommon for former administration officials – like press officers – to join networks as commentators or hosts.

Former Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany works as a commentator for Fox News, while another former Trump press secretary, Sean Spicer, hosts his own show on Newsmax TV.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/01/jen-psaki-bashed-cable-news-before-taking-msnbc-gig/ Jen Psaki hit cable news before taking over the MSNBC gig

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