Biden’s Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo has been suspended for one week without pay, a mere slap on the wrist after news broke that he was dating Axios reporter Alexi McCammond and threatened to “Destroy” Politico reporter Tara Palmeri if she revealed the relationship. Naturally Palmeri didn’t give and the news broke with devastating effect.
Vanity Fair Reported,
“The confrontation began on Inauguration Day, January 20, after Palmeri, a coauthor of Politico’s Playbook, contacted McCammond for comment while one of her male colleagues left a message for Ducklo, according to the sources. Ducklo subsequently called a Playbook editor to object to the story, but was told to call the Playbook reporters with his concerns. But instead of calling the male reporter who initially contacted him, Ducklo tried to intimidate Palmeri by phone in an effort to kill the story. “I will destroy you,” Ducklo told her, according to the sources, adding that he would ruin her reputation if she published it.
During the off-the-record call, Ducklo made derogatory and misogynistic comments, accusing Palmeri of only reporting on his relationship—which, due to the ethics questions that factor into the relationship between a journalist and White House official, falls under the purview of her reporting beat—because she was “jealous” that an unidentified man in the past had “wanted to fuck” McCammond “and not you.” Ducklo also accused Palmeri of being “jealous” of his relationship with McCammond.”
Stunningly, after this exchange an editor at Politico reached out to to Press Secretary Jen Psaki, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield, and Biden senior adviser Anita Dunn regarding the call. Psaki issued a statement that Ducklo had offered an apology…while simultaneously on another call, Biden regime officials were slamming Palmieri for not honoring the “off-the-record” nature of the call. Palmieri at that point had only told her editors and had not published the contents of the call.
How Does The Deputy Secretary Still Have A Job?
According to DailyCaller, “In light of this report, the White House 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, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Friday.” This is an extremely gentle response from Biden who promised to “fire…on the spot” any employee of his who “..treat(s) another colleague with disrespect, talk(s) down to someone…”
Three weeks ago, while swearing in his staff virtually on day 1, Biden told the Press, “If you’re 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, on the spot. No if, ands, or buts. Everybody — everybody is entitled to be treated with decency & dignity.”
Politico’s Playbook asked the question most Americans will “Serious question on our minds this morning: Does this standard apply to how mid-level press aides treat reporters?”
What happened to this?https://t.co/a3hnbjOOeW
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 12, 2021
The cracks and hypocrisy of the Biden/Harris regime are beginning to show. This can only intensify as more state and local democrats and voters are heaped onto the coals to fuel the progressive-socialist transformation of America. If this small indiscretion by a lower ranking staffer and a reporter is any indication: members of the press who attempt to bring much larger abuses to light will no doubt be similarly threatened.
It’s a cautionary moment for the mainstream media who have been the Democrats darlings for four years: you’re only useful until you aren’t.