Staffers are so exasperated that NBC News President Noah Oppenheim held an impromptu phone call on Friday to address complaints that the Psaki move raises questions about journalistic integrity, according to a CNN report.
Reporters in the White House briefing room have repeatedly pressed Ms. Psaki about the ethics of negotiating a deal with MSNBC while continuing to serve as press secretary. She has insisted everything is above board, even as reports surfaced that she has recused herself from doing interviews with MSNBC and NBC.
“I have always gone over and above the stringent ethical and legal requirements of the Biden administration and I take that very seriously,” Ms. Psaki told reporters. “And as standard for every employee of the White House, I have received rigorous ethics counseling including as it relates to any future employment. I’ve complied with all ethics requirements and recused myself from decisions as appropriate.”