Earlier today, Jim Hoft linked yet another video showing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dodging — and not directly answering — a reporter’s question. Carney does this because he know he can get away with it. His former colleagues and friends in the legacy media just won’t hold his feet to the fire.
Watch again the video I posted yesterday:
Simply put, he doesn’t answer Brett Baier’s question about the failure of the Democratic Senate to pass a budget, but instead resorting to cheap, dishonest and partisan attacks on Republicans. Had a Republican in his position attempted this, he would earn the opprobrium of the White House press corps. But, Carney knows he can get away with this because when it comes to covering Obama, this corps has been remarkably complacent, cooperating with rather than questioning such communicators.
And still the president lectures them:
I guess another way of thinking about this is — and this bears on your reporting. I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing, then they’re equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle, and an equivalence is presented — which reinforces I think people’s cynicism about Washington generally. This is not one of those situations where there’s an equivalence. I’ve got some of the most liberal Democrats in Congress who were prepared to make significant changes to entitlements that go against their political interests, and who said they were willing to do it. And we couldn’t get a Republican to stand up and say, we’ll raise some revenue, or even to suggest that we won’t give more tax cuts to people who don’t need them.
And so I think it’s important to put the current debate in some historical context.
But, Mr. President, our friends, er, your friends in the legacy media don’t present an equivalence. They fail, simply put, to report, your party’s failings.
Save for FoxNews, what other networks have devoted any time to the question that Bret Baier asked your press secretary. And how many, as have conservative and libertarian bloggers looking into the misleading claims you made in the very speech when you hectored the media?
No, no equivalence is presented, instead we see reporters giving a pass to your party. Just ask your press secretary.