Skip to comments.Carney Sweats it Out
Posted on 05/21/2013 9:45:30 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is sweating it out under the harsh lights of the White House briefing room these days, revising stories and spinning away suspicious facts in what is becoming an almost comical daily exercise in scandal avoidance.
Are you going to ask me about Myanmar? Carney joked Monday as yet another White House reporter teed up a question about one of the various scandals swirling about the administration. The leader of Myanmar was to meet with President Obama later in the day.
Carney Monday was escorted by reporters down several nightmarish paths. The most ghastly of them all was the one on which he was forced to acknowledge that more White House officials than previously disclosed knew about the Treasury inspector generals IRS report, and that the information was far more substantive than the simple heads up Carney had said it was.
To be fair, it appears that Carney himself was on the wrong end of a deception, and that his bosses may have withheld information from him indicating that senior aides beyond the White House Counsel were aware of the IG probe before it became public.
If that is so, Carney ought to be threatening to resign, because his credibility is now on the line. His insistence, for example, that the president himself knew nothing of the probe would only appear to be operative until we hear the next version of events.
And hes still stonewalling or not being informed about who else knew, other than Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. I dont have a list for you, he blandly remarked.
Carney has also made the mistake of allowing the questions to become personal. A press secretary should never respond when asked for his own opinion he speaks for the president, no one else but Carney, a former leading Washington reporter, clearly has something on his conscience.
I think that I share the Presidents personally, as a former reporter, but also in this capacity I share the Presidents belief that we need to find a balance, Carney said when asked about whether the Obama believes that reporters should ever be considered criminals for trying to gather information.
The response was to a question in relation to Mondays revelation that Fox News reporter James Rosen was judged by the Justice Department as a potential co-conspirator in the case against a State Department official who allegedly leaked him classified materials.
Then things got even more personal. Carney, it turns out, was in the Time Washington bureau chief when a colleague at the magazine, Matt Cooper, was nearly sent to jail after being caught up in a leak investigation.
What would you have said if the government told you that he had been involved in a crime for reporting on the Valerie Plame case? Carney was asked,
Carney fled to the most coveted refuge of White House press secretaries: Thats a hypothetical, he said.
Its not a hypothetical, the reported insisted.
Carney clung tight: Thats a hypothetical.
Finally, some relief:
Reporter: Myanmar, Myanmar.
Carney: Myanmar, in the back, yes. All the way back. Myanmar?
Credibility? Jay Carney??
He sold his soul to the Zero. If he has any left he needs to resign, otherwise he’s not fit to wipe his own butt.
Trust me, in the end he will be rewarded. Until then I still expect him to one day while being pelted with questions about issues he’s been caught in lies about, throw up his arms in frustration and go screaming from the room. lol
“Trust me, in the end he will be rewarded”
In the end, he will be thrown under the bus, along with all the rest of Odumbo’s worthless idiots. It’s the Chicago way.
Reporter asked questions by reporters it’s like a lawyer asking questions to another lawyer ya got to love it.
..and then given a nice, comfy forever position at the Center for American Progress for the rest of his working life.
There's a right end?
Is he so daft that he's easily duped? Is there no conscience working above his shoulders? Does he recognize that cognitive dissonances need to be resolved? His thoughts are a straight pass-thru without any processing whatsoever?
No, he's a bought-and-paid-for liar, willing to trade his soul for a fat paycheck, generous benefits and expense account, and the location of his podium.
He'll end up being a smashed pinata, beat up both by the public and his goat-master, Obama.
As he lays prostrate under the bus maybe he'll ask himself the age-old question, "What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?"
he should change his name to “Bob” as in Baghdad Bob. he too is going to Prison—or a job at MSNBC.
Does he have a fake tooth full of cyanide? I’d pay to see him do it.
When will just one reporter have the balls to say “Jay, neither you nor the adminsitration you work for have any credibility left”?
Jay, if I was you, I’d be seeking legal advise to determine whether your words during Pressers are covered under attorney - client privlidge.
...oops I meant during Obama or staff briefings.
Boy’s paying his dues like so many before him, now media millionaires, George Snuffleupagus for one. It’s a small price to pay.
Why would Carney be sweating anything? It’s just a temporary gig. He won’t be going to prison (provided somebody goes to prison). He’s just a spokesman.
If my boss gets canned, I would just shrug my shoulders and ask Steffyopolis for a job.
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