Jen Psaki Heads To MSNBC

After her flight from the White House as President Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki has come to roost at NBCUniversal where she will cover the midterm elections for MSNBC and appear on NBC periodically as an analyst.

Psaki is no stranger to democratic and progressive viewers. MSNBC President Rashida Jones said, “she’s a familiar face and trusted authority to MSNBC viewers, and we look forward to her insight during this consequential election season.” Psaki’s new position is not her first in cable news. She worked for CNN in 2017 before going to work for President Biden’s administration.

The media space is not what it was in 2017, however. Fans of the former press secretary will have to wait until 2023 for Psaki’s own show. Until then, she will need to help repair MSNBC’s post-Trump ratings slump alongside Maddow’s replacement Alex Wagner. Looking forward, Psaki said that she wants to bring her “passion for explaining things, debunking things,” and, “calling out BS” to the network’s viewers.

Psaki declared that “my business is not rage,” at a Vox Media event in Los Angeles. Time will tell how her character comes across on TV. Psaki said she found the Republican reaction to Biden’s divisive speech “bizzare,” despite Biden calling Trump’s influence in the Republican party a “threat to this country.” A bizarre take perhaps, especially from the same woman who spent her time behind the podium to cover Biden’s numerous gaffes and to belittle the importance of a leaked Supreme Court opinion.

Psaki’s excitement to bring her “passion” to a liberal viewership may give you déjà vu. About 45% of liberals who watch cable news tune into MSNBC, the largest liberal audience among the news networks. Granted, that is smaller than the percentage of democrats in Psaki’s last audience in the White House briefing room.

Jen Psaki, 43, served as Press Secretary in the Biden Administration from November 2020 to May 2022.