Edited video of White House press secretary and reporter’s exchange on gas prices goes viral


During an October 19 press briefing, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy posed a question to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about President Joe Biden’s request to oil companies Americans to help bring down high gas prices. Jean-Pierre asked Doocy to clarify her question, which he did, and then she provided a response of about a minute.

However, tens of thousands of Twitter users have shared and loved a video that was edited to make it look like Jean-Pierre ignored Doocy’s question and then abruptly ended the press briefing. The modified 31 second videowhich was released on October 26, had been viewed approximately 1.6 million times, approximately 48 hours later.

In the edited clip, Jean-Pierre calls on Doocy, who says to him: “Thank you, Karine. So you’re asking the oil companies to lower gas prices even further. What makes you think that are they going to listen to an administration that is ultimately trying to bankrupt them?”

“How is the administration trying to bankrupt them?” she asks in response. “Well, they produce fossil fuels, and this president says he wants to end fossil fuels,” Doocy replies.

The edited video then added a hissing sound effect while showing alternate clips of Jean-Pierre and Doocy appearing to stare at each other without saying a word. After what seemed like a few seconds of awkward silence, Jean-Pierre is shown thanking everyone, closing his briefcase and then walking away from the podium.

But that’s not how the exchange between Jean-Pierre and Doocy ended. In the unedited video of the full press briefing, which was posted on the White House YouTube channel, Jean-Pierre answered Doocy’s question. She did not end the briefing until more than nine minutes later, after answering several other questions, including additional questions about gasoline prices and oil company profits that were posed by another reporter. .

Here is the unedited video of the exchange, along with a transcript:

Jean Pierre, October 19: To chase.

Doocy: Thank you Karine. So you’re asking the oil companies to lower gas prices even further. What makes you think they will listen to an administration that is ultimately trying to put them out of business?

Jean Pierre: How – how is the administration trying to bankrupt them?

Doocy: Well, they produce fossil fuels, and this president says he wants to end fossil fuels.

Jean Pierre: So listen, I–you kind of asked me that question yesterday. And here’s – here’s where – what we would say: US oil production is on the rise and on track to reach a record high next year. We’ve seen it from their–from when we see their profit margins. They are – they – you know, it’s a record.

And so, in fact, the United States produced more oil in President Biden’s first year than in the first year of the Trump administration. But at the same time, oil companies are raking in record profits as more than 9,000 approved drilling licenses remain untapped by the oil industry.

Not every business lacks opportunities or incentives to increase production. It’s something they can actually do. It is available to them. They can do it. And also, they get the profits.

And so, because they get – I just showed 60 cents on the chart – more profit – right? — that they — that we see higher costs — higher than we see than what — than what retailers are paying at the pump. They can lower that. They already have. You saw it on the board, at the beginning. They managed to lower the prices.

On several occasions, Biden has pushed oil and gas companies to do more to further reduce the cost of gasoline — sometimes even suggesting they might be price gouging.

As of October 24, the average weekly price for regular gasoline in the United States was around $3.77 per gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration. This price is about $1.24 below the high of nearly $5.01 in mid-June, but still about $1.39 higher than the average price the week before it took office. Biden in January 2021.

As we wrote, prices initially rose as the global economy recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, creating an imbalance between strong demand for oil and gasoline and weak supplies caused by economic shutdowns. related to COVID-19. Prices soared again after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, further disrupting the international oil market as many countries restricted oil imports from Russia, a major producer. global.

The price of gasoline is primarily determined by the cost of crude oil, which is set globally based on supply and demand factors around the world.

Gasoline prices in the United States began a multi-month decline in late June, spurred by a significant decline in the price of oil, which oil analysts said was heavily influenced by fears that another global recession could come. again reduces the demand for oil and gasoline. In addition, to increase global supplies, the United States and other members of the International Energy Agency have authorized the release of hundreds of millions of barrels of crude oil from their respective emergency oil reserves, which some say contributed to lower prices to some extent.

Average weekly prices in the United States fell to around $3.65 in September, but have since risen and fallen slightly.

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