Aides to President Biden love to say that he is transparent with reporters who cover him.
This may not be what they want.
In a moment of temper that could enter the record of insults to the president, Mr. Biden directed a blunt statement Monday toward Peter Doocy, the Fox News White House correspondent, amplified by a live microphone on televisions and laptop screens around the world.
The exchange came as reporters were moved away from Mr. Biden’s brief appearance in the East Room. Mr. Doocy posed a question: “Do you think inflation is a political liability in the midterms?”
Mr. Biden’s patience has been low. And the volume has been turned up.
“It’s a great asset,” the president said sarcastically, apparently to himself. “More inflation. What a stupid son of a bitch. ”
Mr. Doocy is someone who needs to be trusted Biden, although the president is often more amused than angered by their push. Their sometimes acrimonious exchanges have become a regular feature of Mr. Biden’s public appearances.
On Monday night, Mr. Doocy said on Fox News that the president called into his cell phone about an hour after the incident and, in his words, “cleared the air.”
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“He said, ‘Nothing personal, man,'” Mr. Doocy told host Sean Hannity. “We’re talking about moving forward. And I definitely told him I would. always tried to ask something different from what everyone else was asking, and he said, “You have to.”
When Mr. Hannity pressed on whether Mr. Biden would apologize, Mr. Doocy laughed and refused. “Sean, the world is on the brink, it’s like World War III right now with all the stuff going on,” he said. “I appreciate that the president took a few minutes tonight while he was still at his desk to call me and clear the air.”
This isn’t the first time crude language has infiltrated the often PG-rated interactions between powerful politicians and reporters.
George W. Bush, while running for president in 2000, was caught on a live microphone using a symbol to indicate a reporter for the New York Times. (His running mate, Dick Cheney, overheard affirming Bush’s observation: “great times.”)
During his vice-presidency in 2010, Mr. Biden was heard to use explicit rhetoric to convey to President Barack Obama that signing the Affordable Care Act was a big deal. .
No accidents claimed for Americans listen to insults campaigned by former President Donald J. Trump at his press conferences. Mr. Trump considers CNN’s Jim Acosta “a rude, terrible person“Jonathan Karl of ABC called”a disgrace“And said April Ryan, now of TheGrio, is a”loser,“To name minus three examples. Among other moments, Mr. Trump was mocking physical disabilities of a Times reporter to entertain his supporters at a campaign rally.
On Monday, Mr. Doocy answered his question after Mr. Biden wrapped up a brief speech at the start of a cabinet meeting focused on increasing the country’s economic competitiveness. When another journalist raised a question about Ukraine, Mr. Biden complained briefly that reporters should ask questions about the topic rather than about unrelated foreign policy.
Mr. Doocy, who, along with the rest of the press crew, was led out of the room by White House staffers, revolved around an economic inquiry. Mr. Biden, who was still sitting, didn’t seem to realize that the microphone in front of him was still playing.
Speaking later on Fox News, Mr. Doocy recounted what happened with a smirk. “I couldn’t even hear him because people were shouting at us to get out,” he said.
Dana Perino, a Fox News host who served as the White House press secretary under Mr. Bush, told Mr. Doocy that he should embrace the moment. “You can even have a title,” she jokes.
Last week, at another White House event, Mr. Biden expressed frustration with another Fox News reporter, Jacqui Heinrich, who raised questions about the president’s approach to tensions between Russia. and Ukraine.
“Why are you waiting for Putin to make the first move, sir?” asked Mrs. Heinrich. Mr. Biden quietly replied: “What a stupid question.”
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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/24/business/media/biden-peter-doocy-fox.html Biden, Caught on Hot Mic, Has Harsh Words for Fox News’ Peter Doocy