Ahhh, Fox News

Got to love them.

If you are not aware that Peter Doocy of Fox News has made it his mission to trap Jen Psaki into saying something foolish so he can make a name for himself, well, you are just not informed. Mr. Doocy routinely brings some conspiracy rumor or false information to the White House Press Briefing. He implies it is factual but it isn’t.

His latest stunt remincds me of the joke about a man who is furiously tearing up pieces of paper in his New York office. A colleague asks him what he is doing and he replies that he is tearing up pieces of paper to keep the elephants away. “But there are no elephants here!” exclaims the colleague. The man excitedly replies “See! It’s working!”

So here is what Focx News is reporting about Peter Doocy from yesterday’s press briefing.

“House Intelligence Republicans say they have “significant circumstantial evidence” that Covid-19 originated in a lab, but White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to say whether the White House had seen evidence that would disprove the Republicans’ point.

“Has the White House seen any circumstantial evidence that it did not originate in the lab?” Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Psaki.”

Every adult knows you cannot prove a negative. Peter does, too.

My preferred response would have been that “the White House has no circumstantial evidence that aliens, snake charmers, or gypsies did not originate the CORONA virus. Nor is there any circumstantial evidence that it did not originate with Fox News or a Chinese Lab. Next question, please.”

Jen Psaki is smarter than I am so she said:

“First of all, 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 told Doocy. 

“I will say that our view continues to be that there needs to be an independent, transparent investigation and that needs to happen with the cooperation and data provided from the Chinese government.”

Psaki said the Biden administration has conveyed both publicly and privately that the Chinese government was “not transparent from the beginning.”

For the sake of argument, what if it did originate from a Chinese lab? How does that change the response and how do you hold a country responsible for an accident like this?