Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Final Fauci Presser At TWH Doesn't End Well

Karine Jean-Pierre and Dr. Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci made his final appearance in the White House briefing room on Tuesday, triggering chaotic scenes as reporters bombarded him with questions about the origins of COVID-19.

The Daily Mail US reports he delivered a message to Americans to get booster vaccines and reflected on his time as one of the country's top scientists, but Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was forced to step in as journalists shouted questions.

'We have a process here,' she said with a glare at a reporter in one of the back rows.

'I'm not calling on people who yell and you're being disrespectful to your colleagues, and you're being disrespectful to our guests. 

'I will not call on you if you yell and also you're taking time off the clock, because Dr. Fauci has to leave in a couple of minutes. 

'I'm done. I'm not getting into a back and forth with you.'

It marked the latest clash between reporters and officials. 

While television journalists in the front rows can expect to ask questions every day, those sitting further back - or coming armed with awkward questions - feel hard done by when their raised hands are ignored.

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