Even liberals are demanding to know why the standard Joe Biden set for professional behavior doesn’t apply to mid-level press aides. The Imperial Palace press corps seems to be infested with perverts, far-left leaning Vanity Fair exposes. A Deputy spokesunit is taking heat for getting friskier than he should with an Axios reporter, then trying to cover it up by intimidating Politico. He has a foul mouth too.
Biden set the standard
Apparently, the same guy who has to be followed around with a spray bottle to keep him from touching female staffers set some pretty loose standards on professional behavior. The day he usurped the Oval Office, Imperial Leader Biden decreed that “if you are ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot.
No ifs, ands, or buts.” He didn’t personally hear what TJ Ducklo had to say to a Politico reporter so Ducklo wasn’t fired.
With the approval of the White House Chief of Staff, he has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay. In addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) February 12, 2021
Junior Palace spokesunit TJ Ducklo was suspended though. He got a week’s vacation without pay officially for “demeaning and intimidating” Politico reporter Tara Palmeri. She found out about the conflict of interest he has because he’s sleeping with Axios reporter Alexi McCammond “who used to cover” the Biden campaign.
The concern is that he will leak inside information to her between the sheets and give her unfair advantage and the ability to “scoop” her colleagues with the hot stories.
As exposed by Vanity Fair, Ducklo “lashed out” at Palmeri in January for outing his love life in the press, threatening to “destroy” her and “ruin her reputation” if she published. The pervert showed his true blue colors when he launched into a tirade of “derogatory and misogynistic comments.”
Biden would have booted him on the spot if he had heard Ducklo say Palmeri was only running with the story because she’s “jealous” that a man “wanted to f–k” McCammond instead of her.”
Ethics questions swirl
Even without the promise Imperial Leader Biden made and quickly shattered, the ethical questions are swirling like snowflakes in a blizzard. “Due to the ethics questions that factor into the relationship” between a journalist and Palace official, Palmeri had every right to cover the scandal. After the story broke in Vanity Fair, the Palace Press Corps went into a huddle.
A “back-and-forth conversation between Politico and various senior officials within the Biden administration” was quickly in progress. Included in the discussions were White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield, and Senior Adviser Anita Dunn.”
Following the conference, the final verdict was that “Ducklo’s handling of the call with Palmeri was inappropriate.” He wasn’t fired though.
The Biden era hypocrisy is on full display because after the dust settled, the Palace announced that Ducklo is not only receiving a one-week suspension, but will also “no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico” upon returning to the job.” Ducklo sent an email apology but his heart wasn’t in it. Ducklo failed to “apologize for threatening and sexually harassing the reporter.”
Biden Palace spokesunit Jen Psaki wasted no time tapping out on twitter that the whole thing had been settled peacefully. “TJ Ducklo has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life. He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by” the Imperial Leader.
“In addition to his initial apology, he has sent the reporter a personal note expressing his profound regret.” Sort of. With the approval of the Palace Chief of Staff, “he has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay. In addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico.”