Friday, September 30, 2022

Biden's 'Where's Jackie?' Gaffe Ignored By CNN, MSNBC, NBC

President Biden Wednesday (Reuters photo)

Some liberal networks skipped on-air coverage of one of President Biden's most stunning gaffes to date when he forgot about the death of Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., repeatedly searching the crowd for her and calling her name Wednesday while on stage.

While much of the news cycle on Wednesday was dedicated to Hurricane Ian's havoc on Florida, Fox News Digital reports Biden created a firestorm on social media following remarks he made at the White House's Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, where he gave a shout-out to Walorski.

"Jackie, are you here? Where's Jackie? She must not be here," Biden said as he searched for her in the crowd before continuing his speech.

Walorski died in a car accident last month along with two staffers, which Biden acknowledged in a statement released after her passing. She had played a key role in Wednesday's conference before her tragic death.

The controversy continued in the White House briefing room, where Biden's press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to acknowledge that the president made any error, repeatedly telling reporters Walorski was "top of mind" as Biden is scheduled to meet her family at a White House ceremony on Friday.

Several reporters, including ABC News' Cecilia Vega, CNN's Phil Mattingly and CBS News' Steven Portnoy, grilled Jean-Pierre on her non-answers. 

However, except for CBS, the networks they work for largely avoided airtime on the bizarre gaffe. 

Meanwhile, The hosts of "The View" on Thursday slammed criticism of President Biden's "where's Jackie" gaffe and said that America was "ageist."

"I mean, she passed last month not, like, a hundred years ago," co-host Whoopi Goldberg said Thursday in response to the criticism of Biden. Joy Behar added that former President Donald Trump likewise forgot that 19th century American abolitionist Frederick Douglass was dead.

Sara Haines compared Biden's moment to a "brain fart" and "mommy brain."

Reacting to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre answering questions about the obvious gaffe, Haines declared: "That was very apparent, what this gaffe was, I think her explanation made it worse though because in that moment I probably would have just said, ‘OK, guys, he had a moment, who in this room hasn't?’"

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