Biden campaign alum and deputy White House Press Secretary TJ Ducklo resigned his position after it was reported he threatened and berated a reporter in January. The White House has been criticized for mishandling the situation.
Biden administration communications official, TJ Ducklo, has resigned following the revelation he berated and threatened a reporter asking questions about his personal life.
- Last year, Ducklo began dating an Axios reporter assigned to “the Biden beat”, who was then reassigned to avoid conflicts of interest.
- Ducklo had been suspended for the off-the-record confrontation shortly after Vanity Fair reported Ducklo’s threats, not when the White House first learned of it.
- AP News notes it was the “first departure” for the Biden White House, which has received light scolding for “not living up to standards” the President set.
- In a statement announcing his resignation, Ducklo expressed regret for his actions, saying he was disgusted by his own behavior.
- Vanity Fair’s reporting of the confrontation highlighted Ducklo’s threats, using the precise language of the threats, which most mainstream outlets refused to do.
- CNN relied on multiple unnamed sources in the White House to give background impressions among Ducklo’s coworkers, saying “the situation was untenable” and that a suspension was not a sufficient punishment.
- The New York Times paired President Biden’s employment pledge around respectful behavior with the fact that Ducklo’s suspension lasted only one day before leaving the administration.
- Fox News rightfully roasted CNN’s Jim Acosta for making the story about his white whale, former President Trump, and highlighted the mockery from his own reporter colleagues.
- Townhall.com reported on the saga, saying Ducklo’s original apology was “anything but” profound and the suspension was a slap on the wrist and highlighting leftist voices in the media criticizing the suspension.
- OANN highlighted Biden’s remarks a month ago of staffers being fired “on the spot” if they were disrespectful, saying the White House was under fire for not living up to that pledge.
- Joe Concha, media critic for The Hill, tweeted that the White House’s efforts to spin the story as “accountability” is “laughable” since they’d known about the confrontation for weeks.
© Dallas Gerber, 2021