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June 21, 2013

Do the Carney Two-Step!

This is brilliant:

Jay Carney doesn’t have an answer for that. He hasn’t discussed that subject with the president. He will refer you to the Department of [insert agency here]. He refuses to speculate on that.

He’ll have to get back to you.

But he appreciates the question.

A Yahoo News analysis of the 444 briefings that Carney has held since becoming White House press secretary has identified 13 distinct strains in the way he dodges a reporter's question. Since Carney held his first daily briefing with reporters in the White House Brady Press Briefing Room on Feb. 16, 2011, for example, he’s used some variation of "I don’t have the answer" more than 1,900 times. In 1,383 cases he referred a question to someone else. But will he at least speculate on hypotheticals? No. In fact, he has refused to do so 525 times.

...The main function of a White House press secretary is to shape messaging for the administration, which often requires stymieing questions as a form of damage control. The referral to another agency or person is one of Carney's favorite evasive maneuvers. Over the course of the 43-minute briefing on Jan. 25 alone, for example, Carney referred reporters to the Justice Department four times, the National Labor Relations Board twice, the State Department twice, once to the historic precedent of recess appointments, once to a New York Times article, once to a speech that President Barack Obama delivered earlier in the week, and once to the Defense Department.
As should be abundantly clear, Carney doesn't have all the answers.

As he recently reminded the gathered reporters at his briefing, he and his team are mere mortals battling an army of professionals bent on stumping him.

Happy Friday, knuckle dragging bitter racist gun-and-religion clingers:

Posted by Cassandra at June 21, 2013 01:20 PM

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The story itself is not surprising...shocking in the unmitigated gall, but not surprising. What is surprising, to this reprobate anyway, is that it's Yahoo reporting it. Guess their panties are in a wad, too, due to their outing by the NSA leaks.

Posted by: DL Sly at June 21, 2013 03:37 PM

Mr. Carney has a bright future at CNN when the Obama Regime sails off into the sunset. Or perhaps MSNBC.

One of those, fer shure.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at June 21, 2013 06:05 PM

I am actually quite surprised that the WH press corps has been such a collection of limp d*cks about the shameless dishonesty and obsfucation(sp?) by Carney.

Best Regards,

Posted by: CAPT Mike at June 21, 2013 09:53 PM