Psaki on White House briefing room: 'orderly insane asylum'

March 20, 2023
Robert Ayers

Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki just compared the running of the White House briefing room to the running of an "orderly insane asylum." 

Psaki left that briefing room, and the administration of President Joe Biden, for MSNBC. And, on Sunday, she launched a new program, called Inside with Jen Psaki. 

In anticipation of the show's debut, Psaki participated in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR).

It was in this interview that Psaki used the "insane asylum" comparison.

"I have a little secret . . ."

During the interview, Psaki was asked about some behind-the-scenes-type information, particularly about how she handles an unruly press. It was here that Psaki revealed that she has "a little secret."

Psaki said:

I have a little secret thing I do - maybe not secret because I'm telling all of you. But when when reporters are getting really loud, or they're starting to ask crazy questions, I just slow down my pace, and I talk very quietly, and I treat them like I'm an orderly sometimes in an insane asylum.

Psaki hastened to add, "not that they're people in an insane asylum. But, sometimes, that's all you have to do to cool yourself down inside."

As NewsBusters' Tim Graham points out, what makes the comparison particularly interesting is the fact that the overwhelming majority of the reporters in press briefing rooms are staunch Democrats.

Perhaps, Psaki revealed more than she intended with the comparison.

Psaki's new show

On Sunday, the first episode of Inside with Jen Psaki aired. According to the Hollywood Reporter:

Inside will see Psaki breaking down the big public policy issues in the news, as well as interviews with newsmakers. There are also plans for a recurring segment called “Weekend Routine,” which will see Psaki joining lawmakers and other newsmakers as they go about their daily lives.

During the first episode of the program, Psaki, among other things, chose to target Republicans for what she referred to as the GOP's "war on wokewokeism."

Psaki opined that "you don't need to be too worried about [Republicans'] war on woke because the Republican crusade against wokeness may not be as potent of a campaign issue as they may hope."

Psaki attempted to back this up with evidence showing, for example, that many people have difficulty understanding what "woke" even means. But, after the program, Psaki made her position on the matter clear, tweeting, "let your woke flag fly."

All-in-all, Psaki's program appears to be what one would expect from a former Biden administration member who is now working at MSNBC.

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