Jen Psaki circles back to MSNBC
Biden's White House press secretary's conflict of interest with liberal media
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, has been secretly negotiating for a job to host her own show on MSNBC. That’s according to an exclusive report in Axios citing
My immediate thought on hearing the news is that this a major conflict of interest. Psaki could have waited until she was no longer the gatekeeper to Pres. Biden before trying to get a high-paying, high-profile gig at a media outlet. But of course the money and the leverage would not be as good after she left the White House.
It’s no surprise that Psaki would get a TV gig — she’s good on camera. I think she did a good job at making Biden look better than he is as a president.
But the report that she has been in talks with MSNBC executives for a while gives the appearance of at least a conflict of interest.
I’ve been a political appointee in federal government twice (FDA and the State Department) and both times gotten extensive and repeated lectures by the in-house counsels about the ethics laws. They lawyers told me when I started and then on election years.
The government lawyers are supposed to make sure political appointees aren’t helping a company profit from insider information while on the taxpayers’ payroll. The ethics laws about negotiating with potential employers are cratfted to prevent outside influence.
The laws allow you to negotiate a post-service job as long as you recuse yourself from any work related to their interests. For example, I could not have worked on vaccine issues at the FDA if I was negotiating with Pfizer.
So Psaki would be expected to recuse herself from talking to any NBC and MSNBC reporters and producers while she was negotiating for her new hosting job. I am guessing she did not do that because then the reporters would have complained about now having access to the White House
When Axios got this story exclusively and notable did not say it asked Psaki for comment, that tells me she or her reps gave the story for a reason. I’m sure…
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