Jen Psaki Shuts Down Fox Reporter for Demanding the Impossible
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki shut down Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy on Thursday after he demanded that President Joe Biden’s administration validate right-wing conspiracy theories about COVID-19 originating in and escaping from a Chinese lab.
That hypothesis has been circulating throughout conservative circles for more than a year and although numerous Republican lawmakers have claimed to be in possession of irrefutable proof that the coronavirus pandemic was a scientific mishap rather than the result of a natural mutation, such evidence has not been seriously embraced – let alone verified – by mainstream scientists.
“First, House Republicans are claiming that they have ‘significant circumstantial evidence’ that COVID-19 originated in a lab. Has the White House seen any circumstantial evidence that it did not originate in a lab?” Doocy asked Psaki during a daily press briefing.
Psaki politely explained that “disproving a negative” is both impossible, irresponsible, and a waste of time.
“Well I think first I would caution you against disproving a negative there, which is never the responsible approach in our view when it comes to getting to the bottom of the root causes of a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of people in the United States,” Psaki replied, adding that the White House will base all of its decisions on facts, rather than conjecture.
“I will say that our view continues to be there needs to be an independent, transparent investigation and that needs to happen with the cooperation and data provided from the Chinese government,” the secretary said. “We don’t have enough information at this point to make an assessment.”
Doocy: Has the WH seen any circumstantial evidence that it did not originate from a lab?
Psaki: I would caution you against disproving a negative… when it comes to getting to the bottom of the root causes of a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of people in the US pic.twitter.com/qYzrAuapKa
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