Jen Psaki is Done with the Biden Administration

White House press secretary Jen Psaki is all set to leave the White House in May for a position on a liberal media network, MSNBC.

Critics believe she should have avoided negotiating a position on a channel that covers the White House.

Jen Psaki to leave the White House

As of now, Jen Psaki did not sign any deal, as she is still in the discussion phase. However, the news was broken by two people familiar with the matter.

She is expected to follow the path of many other press secretaries who jumped to media channels after leaving their jobs.

For instance, Nicolle Wallace, an MSNBC host, was the communications director in the George W. Bush administration.

Similarly, former press secretaries of the White House Kayleigh McEnany, Dana Perino, and Ari Fleischer currently serve on Fox News.

Thus, Psaki will host a streaming show for the liberal media network.

Prior to joining the Biden administration, Psaki already served in the media in various capacities. One of the top positions she worked in included paid commentary on a left-leaning media network, CNN.

The news came into the spotlight in February this year when different reporters asked Psaki if she was planning to leave the White House.

Responding to this, she apparently denied any such move, stating “you cannot get rid of me.” 

After the News, Amy Entelis, the interim co-president of CNN, went to Washington alongside CNN+ programming lead Rebecca Kutler to recruit Psaki for the channel.

However, this time, the news is being reported by various media outlets.

Psaki should have avoided a deal while serving at the White House

Since Americans stopped paying for traditional cable subscription services, MSNBC’s programming on Peacock widely became famous within the country. 

Many streaming shows on Peacock are being hosted by political commentators like Zerlina Maxwell and Mehdi Hassan. Psaki’s addition is likely to pull a more liberal crowd to the channel.

The successor of Psaki is still unclear since the White House has not announced Psaki’s departure yet. Yet, according to the Washington Post, her deputy Karine Jean-Pierre will likely be the next officeholder.

Like Psaki, Jean-Pierre has also worked as a paid CNN commentator in the past.

There can be various hindrances in the process of recruiting in-service White House members. For this, MSNBC worked with its lawyers to ensure the agreement with the press secretary did not violate any law.

Many political commentators are questioning the legality of the deal.

National Review journalist Dan McLaughlin suggested that White House members should not be allowed to negotiate a deal with media networks that cover the White House during their tenure. 

Rory Cooper, a member of a reputation management firm, scolded Psaki, questioning what it would be like when she would take questions from her new employer during press briefings.