Fox News reporter asks Psaki about the network’s Christmas tree fire

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  • The Fox News Christmas tree fire was discussed during the White House press briefing on Monday.
  • Peter Doocy has sought to link him to New York’s bail reform law and crime nationwide.
  • He also said the fire had caused “half a million dollar” damage.

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy spoke about the network’s highly publicized Christmas tree fire during Monday’s White House press briefing.

Doocy asked if the Biden administration considers it “good governance” for man accused of setting fire to the network’s “All-American Christmas Tree in Fox Square” along Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue to be released without bail.

The network’s ‘Fox & Friends’ morning show covered the blaze last week, saying it showed ‘no city is safe, no one is safe, from the subway down’. The next day, a new tree was installed in front of Fox News headquarters.

Since the suspect was charged with multiple misdemeanors – including arson, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass – but not a violent crime, he was able to be released without bail under New York’s bail reform law. Third-degree arson requires a defendant to post bond under 2019 New York law.

The exchange between Doocy and White House press secretary Jen Psaki was part of a larger question about crime.

Doocy described an “increase in criminal activity nationwide because some prosecutors are being too soft on crime,” a complicated subject involving a record spike in murders from 2020, but much less nationwide than the peak in the early 1990sas well as the continuation of decline in overall crime rate nationwide since 1994.

As Doocy chained other incidents to which he was linked The New York Bail Reform Act — over which the Biden administration has no control — he added his employer’s Christmas tree fire into the mix.

“So the last one would be, just last week we saw a New York Post article about a pickpocket with over 30 street arrests,” Doocy said.

“We saw an arsonist burn a half million dollar New York Christmas tree in the streets,” he added. “Does the president think it’s good to govern?”

PSAKI showed little patience for Doocy’s third question, referring him to the New York Police Department, which announced the suspect arrested shortly after early morning fire Last week.

“Again, I think I’ve addressed the president’s concern about retail theft,” Psaki said. “If you have any specific actions – and any actions we have taken, for specific cases, I would direct you to local police departments or the Department of Justice.”

PSAki has dismissed questions from Fox News in the past. Last month, she brushed off Doocy’s question about whether President Joe Biden should apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who was recently acquitted of all charges, including counts of homicide. , linked to the murder of two men during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. Rittenhouse accused Biden of “defaming” him by including an image of him alongside white supremacists and militias in a 2020 campaign video.

“The president believes in condemning hate, division and violence. That’s exactly what was done in this video,” Psaki said at the time.

Despite the occasional tense exchanges in the briefing room, Doocy told The New York Times in September that he “never feels like he’s been knocked down or vice versa.”

“I get why it looks like that, some of the ways this stuff gets cut, but it doesn’t look like that in the room,” he said.