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Carney Counting on Complacent, Compliant and Cooperative Media

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.



  1. Shirley, no one takes this administration and it’s minions seriously any longer?

    Except in warshinton?

    Comment by Richard Bell — April 5, 2012 @ 7:52 pm - April 5, 2012

  2. Why not just call the media Democrats. CBS News Democrat, ABC News Democrat, NYTD, 60 Democratic Minutes, Brian Willaims Democrat,…

    Comment by Michael Friedman — April 5, 2012 @ 10:45 pm - April 5, 2012

  3. The media needs to be repositioned so that every time they slant an issue or present the American people with news the American people know that, in spite of the size and prestige of an organization, it is being presented by Democrats. To achieve this result will require a lot of concentrated fire from conservatives and the conservative media in particular. Following a Keep It Simple Strategy why not just call them Democrats. New York Times Democrat (NYTD) Associated Press Democrat (APD), CBSD, ABCD. Each time a story from these organizations is presented it will stick that this is from the point of view of the Democratic Party.
    We can go even further and begin to label the individual reporters and shows i.e. 60 Democratic minutes, David Gregory Democrat…

    Comment by Michael Friedman — April 5, 2012 @ 10:50 pm - April 5, 2012

  4. Carney Counting on Complacent, Compliant and Cooperative Media

    That’s a lot of C-words.

    Just sayin…

    (Well-done, by the way)

    Comment by AF_Vet — April 5, 2012 @ 11:11 pm - April 5, 2012

  5. Was that before or after he declared that people are just too stupid to know what Obama’s talking about?

    Comment by TGC — April 6, 2012 @ 12:35 am - April 6, 2012

  6. Jay Carney is one of the worst press secretaries I’ve ever seen. He’s just a bungler.

    Comment by Brian — April 6, 2012 @ 3:15 am - April 6, 2012

  7. Serious question: What’s Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf (Baghdad Bob) up to these days? I wonder if he’s available to replace Carney.

    I mean, why not just go whole-hog and have ObamAA+ put the world-class BS artist behind the podium? I mean, at least he was entertaining…

    Comment by AF_Vet — April 6, 2012 @ 9:45 am - April 6, 2012

  8. Carney Counting on Complacent, Compliant and Cooperative Media…

    Why does that sound so familiar? Oh yeah…he expects them to lay back and enjoy it. Of course, since they’re in the tank for him and his boss, it’s not asking much.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — April 6, 2012 @ 11:15 am - April 6, 2012

  9. Serious question: What’s Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf (Baghdad Bob) up to these days? I wonder if he’s available to replace Carney.

    Are you sure he hasn’t already? They’re working miracles with cosmetic surgery these days….Nancy Pelosi being the exception, of course.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — April 6, 2012 @ 11:16 am - April 6, 2012

  10. Nice alliteration Dan!

    Comment by MV — April 6, 2012 @ 12:05 pm - April 6, 2012

  11. Maybe it’s because I think he’s cute, but I feel a bit sorry for poor old Jay. He’s had to spin like a dervish to make amends for the stupidity that has been coming from the president lately. Remember when presidents (like trained animals) had “handlers”. There should be someone (in any administration) to keep the president on message, but it seems that everyone who used to do that for President Obama has gone back to Chicago. Now we’re learning just how un-brilliant this guy is. These past few weeks, I’m convinced that every time he opens his mouth, Jay Carney thinks, “Oh crap! How can I dig us out of this?”

    Comment by Draybee — April 6, 2012 @ 4:25 pm - April 6, 2012

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