The media establishment was engaged in a four year blood vendetta against former President Donald Trump, but don’t expect newly appointed Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy to return the favor now that a Democrat is in office.
In fact, even though Doocy asks tough questions, President Joe Biden said at a Jan. news conference, “I know he always asks me tough questions, and he always has an edge to them, but I like him anyway.”
Asked about Biden’s affinity by the Los Angeles Times, which said Doocy “steers clear of the politically charged skirmishes that keep Fox News high on the radar of media critics,” the reporter was complimentary of Biden.
“It did not surprise me,” Doocy said. “But the way that he framed it was what a reporter would want to hear, right? He knows that it’s going to be a hard question with an edge, but ‘I like him anyway.’ And that means he is up for the hard questions, and it sounds like he’s going to keep taking them.”
He added that he was “hopeful that that will continue over the next couple years.”
“There are so few opportunities to be in the room with him, but it sounds like when we are, he’ll be listening for us,” Doocy noted.
The compliments also flowed toward White House press secretary Jen Psaki, when asked if some of the commentators on Fox News impact his job.
“It really hasn’t had that much of an impact at all. As you’ve seen, the president will still take the questions. The press secretary will still call on Fox whenever we’re in the briefing room,” he told the Times. “The only time that we ever don’t get called on are the days that we just don’t physically have a seat in the briefing room because they have this social-distancing rotation.”
“So two days out of the week we are not in there. But on those days the staff has been perfectly responsive over email or if we can get them in person,” Doocy added.
Of course, his success as a reporter is based on access — which is controlled by the Biden administration.
In an interview with People magazine, Doocy let it be known that he does not see that relationship as acrimonious.
“It never feels like someone is ‘destroying me’ or I am ‘destroying’ anyone else,” Doocy said of the briefing room jousts. “It’s perfectly civil.”
Particularly when the TV cameras are off.
“Everyone is perfectly polite over email or on the phone,” Doocy said, with a laugh.
Explaining his technique, Doocy told the newspaper it’s “usually just me and I’m going over things that the administration has said, either recently or in the past, just to try to figure out how to get them to say something new.”
“But when we’re with the president, the greater concern is time,” he added. “You have 10 or 15 seconds to ask a question, so I know I have to get his attention.”Ultimately, it seems clear that Doocy savors his role.
“I have no idea what the news business is going to look like in 25 years, 30 years,” he said. “So I would like to be in a good position to be a big part of whatever it looks like. And I’d like to be at the White House for as long as possible, because it is really interesting every single day. A lot of historic things have happened in that building so for now, I am just focused on trying to do a good job on my beat.”