Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Joins MSNBC
MSNBC on Tuesday announced the hiring of former White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Formerly, Psaki served as Biden’s press secretary for the first 16 months of his presidency. In a four-year tenure, it is typical for presidents to have many press secretaries. Karine Jean-Pierre took over for Psaki earlier this month.
Similarly, Symone Sanders, the chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, joined MSNBC this April.
Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki will join MSNBC this fall
Psaki, who resigned her position as press secretary to President Joe Biden earlier this month, will join cable news network MSNBC this fall.
According to MSNBC President Rashida Jones, Psaki will participate on all MSNBC cable shows and will host her own streaming show. The network says the show is now under development for streaming, beginning in the first quarter of 2023. She will also appear on NBC and MSNBC for primetime coverage of the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election.
The new program will “bring together her unique perspective from behind the podium and her deep experience in the highest levels of government and presidential politics,” the network said.
“Jen’s sharp wit and relatability combined with the mastery of the subjects she covers have made her a household name across the nation,” Jones said in the statement. “Her extensive experience in government and on the campaign trail and perspective as a White House and Washington insider is the type of analysis that sets MSNBC apart.”
Jen Psakis’ Statement
Psaki said in a statement on Tuesday that she was devoted to “fact-based and thoughtful conversations about the big questions on the minds of people across the country,” which she said has “never been more important.”
“My time in government, from the White House to the State Department, and years before that on national political campaigns will fuel the insight and perspective I bring to this next chapter,” she said. “I can’t wait to create a space on streaming where we break down the facts. Get to the bottom of what’s driving the issues and hopefully have some fun along the way.”
Some ethical organizations and opponents of Biden’s White House have expressed worry. Such as, Psaki negotiating a new position with a media outfit while still serving in government and dealing with reporters from the outlet on a regular basis.
“I have always gone over and above the stringent ethical requirements of the Biden administration,” Psaki said in April when asked about those concerns.
This is not Psaki’s first job in cable news. Before joining Biden’s administration, Psaki was a political commentator on CNN after serving in former President Obama’s administration.
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