Psaki Negotiates MSNBC Deal While Holding Job As White House Press Secretary

Psaki is facing ethical questions regarding her negotiations while actively serving as Press Secretary.

A report from Politico suggests that White House press secretary Jen Psaki is on the cusp of leaving the White House for a new gig at MSNBC. Politico reported that Psaki is poised to have a show on NBC’s streaming partner Peacock on MSNBC.

Psaki was absent from the briefing room for about a week, battling a bout of COVID. This has spurred speculation about whether she was pondering pivoting to a TV job. Communications director Kate Bedingfield has filled in for Psaki. Given the news of Psaki’s negotiations with MSNBC, Bedingfield’s fill-in could have been a dry run.

 Psaki has yet to step down from her position despite these negotiations. As a result, experts are raising questions about the ethics of the situation: negotiating with a news outlet while working for a sitting president. Psaki dismissed those questions.

“I have always gone over and above the stringent ethical and legal requirements of the Biden administration, and I take that very seriously,” Psaki said. “And so, I hope that all of you — I’ve been working with you sometime — would judge me for my record, and how I treat all of you, both in the briefing room and otherwise. And I try to answer questions from everybody across the board. I know everybody in the back of the room may not always be pleased with me, but I try my best.” 

Psaki did not confirm any reports about her potential move to MSNBC.

“At whatever time I leave the White House, I can promise you the first thing I’m going to do is sleep and spend time with my 3 and 6-year-olds, who are my most important audiences of all,“ Psaki said.

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