Jay Carney won’t answer your questions, Media Doesn’t Care
The following article is yet another clear example of our biased news media, if this were a different administration they would be chastising them for dodging questions AND pointing out Carney’s lies as well (ex. No one at the White House knew about the IRS targeting, it has been admitted that some knew, they just decided not to tell the President, supposedly). Instead they bend themselves into pretzels to avoid criticism and write a lighthearted article on a serious issue. My favorite comment from the readers pointing out a Jay Carney potential answer… “No, the President hasn’t seen it in the newspaper yet, so I have no comment.”
By Rachel Rose Hartman and Chris Wilson
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.
In the following interactive, you can browse all 9,486 of Carney’s most-used responses and verbal crutches…
By J.K. Trotter
To place one number on his frequent prevarications, Yahoo News determined that Carney indicated he “did not have the answer” to journalists’ questions exactly 1,900 times since he began flacking for the President, a subset of nearly 10,000 instances when Carney declined to answer, passed off the question to a subordinate, or claimed ignorance about the subject matter. The entire report forms a brutal dossier of Carney’s tenure.
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