” ABC reporter Jon Karl on Wednesday broke from the official journalistic fawning over Michelle Obama’s birthday, asking White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about the cost and whether the American taxpayer would pay the bill. Yet, his own network totally ignored the exchange and kept it off Wednesday’s World News, Nightline and Thursday’s Good Morning America.
In the briefing, Karl pushed, “The First Lady had her 50th birthday party and I believe you said that the President picks up the cost for that party.” Carney dodged, “I think we put out information. I don’t have it here. I would refer you to the east wing.” The ABC journalist followed-up, “I was just wondering if you had an estimate on what the cost was?” Again, the White House spokesman spun, “I don’t. But I would refer you to the east wing.” The “east wing” is a reference to Michelle Obama’s office.”
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” Democratic leaders claim the bungled launch of Obamacare is just the latest news sensation — a media-stirred tempest that looks in the heat of the moment like it could upend the midterm election, but ends up fizzling well before voters head to the polls.
Some party strategists say they’re in denial.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a forum hosted by BuzzFeed recently that the rollout won’t “hurt us in 2014,” adding that “we’re proud” of the law. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in a recent appearance on CNN, went so far as to assert that Obamacare would be “an advantage” for Democratic candidates next year.
“ Democrats will run on the Affordable Care Act and win,” she has also told reporters.
The White House, meanwhile, has come across as equally dismissive of Obamacare’s consequences for 2014.
“The fact is that [the president] is focused on delivering the access to quality and affordable health insurance to the American people that the Affordable Care Act promises. He’s not concerned about the politics of that,” White House press secretary Jay Carney recently said.”
Denial ? What denial ?
Jay Carney Accuses Fox News’ James Rosen of ‘Creating an Exchange for Fox’ on Benghazi
Published on Oct 17, 2013
” Fox News National Security Correspondent James Rosen put in an appearance at Thursday’s White House Daily Briefing to engage Press Secretary Jay Carney on the topic of Republican Congressional investigations into Benghazi. Carney, who has been increasingly eager to call out what he sees as partisan questioning, accused Rosen of “creating an exchange for Fox,” to which Rosen shot back “what we are engaged in here is for the record, not for Fox.”
Rosen, who was the subject of Justice Department subpoenas in the leak investigation into then-State Department contractor Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, is not a regular at White House briefings, but joined network-mate Ed Henry Thursday in order to question Carney about Benghazi. The nearly ten-minute exchange ended with a persistent Rosen being told “I think we’re done here, James” by Carney as he exited the briefing room.
While Rosen is correct that everything in the White House briefings is “for the record,” Carney’s also correct, in that if the point was simply to get Carney on the record, Ed Henry could as easily have asked the same questions. It’s also true, though, that most TV reporters’ questions are at least partially for the purpose of creating clips for use in news programming, which is why you’ll often hear very similar questions asked five or six times at each briefing. All of these exchanges are “created” for some TV network.
However, Carney’s broader point appears to be that the issue of Congressional investigations into Benghazi has been covered by Fox News in much greater proportion than other outlets, and that Rosen’s line of questioning was tailored to that editorial sensibility, and to that audience.”
“ Anonymous hackers claimed to have infiltrated PRISM’s network infrastructure after gaining access to the graphical user interface which was intended only for use by federal agents in cases of terrorism. Because the PRISM system has access to a log of all Internet phone calls (voIP via Skype, Google, etc.) and video chats, Anonymous vigilante intelligence researchers quickly unearthed evidence of high-level collusion between corporate executives and government officials. “We have access to President Obama’s Skype,” said a spokesperson for Anonymous, “and we’re only afraid it’s too absurd to be true.”
President Obama has scheduled a press conference for Monday, and the White House has already released a statement condemning Anonymous. “The sad irony is that PRISM doesn’t even exist, but because of hacks like these we need something like it,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “We will not cooperate with terrorists on any level, and we refuse to comment on illegally obtained confidential information.” “
” There’s new evidence, obtained by ABC, that the Obama administration did deliberately purge references to “terrorism” from accounts of the attack on the Benghazi diplomatic mission, which killed four people including the US ambassador to Libya.
Conservatives have long maintained that the administration deliberately suppressed the truth about the attacks.
This is the first hard evidence that the state department did ask for changes to the CIA’s original assessment.
Specifically, they wanted references to previous warnings deleted and this sentence removed: “We do know that Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qa’ida participated in the attack.”
There’s little doubt in my mind that this will haunt Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president, unless she executes some pretty fancy footwork.
State department spokesperson Victoria Nuland is directly implicated, and the fingerprints of senior White House aides Ben Rhodes and Jay Carney are there as well.”
- BBC Editor: ‘Heads Will Roll’ Over Benghazi – ‘This Is Now Very Serious’ (patdollard.com)
- Heads will roll on Benghazi (bbc.co.uk)
- BBC News covers whistle-blower testimony: “After Benghazi revelations, heads will roll” (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
- Obama administration emails raise new questions on Benghazi (fox6now.com)
- Hillary Was Behind The Talking Points Revisions (sweetness-light.com)
” When it became clear last fall that the CIA’s now discredited Benghazi talking points were flawed, the White House said repeatedly the documents were put together almost entirely by the intelligence community, but White House documents reviewed by Congress suggest a different story.
ABC News has obtained 12 different versions of the talking points that show they were extensively edited as they evolved from the drafts first written entirely by the CIA to the final version distributed to Congress and to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice before she appeared on five talk shows the Sunday after that attack.
White House emails reviewed by ABC News suggest the edits were made with extensive input from the State Department. The edits included requests from the State Department that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well references to CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack.
That would appear to directly contradict what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said about the talking points in November.”
- Obama Administration Revised Benghazi Talking Points 12 Times – Scrubbed References to Al-Qaeda Group to Mislead Public (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Benghazi Talking Points Underwent 12 Revisions, Scrubbed of Jihad Reference (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- ABC Exclusive: Benghazi Talking Points Underwent 12 Revisions, Scrubbed of Terror Reference (rubinoworld.com)
- BREAKING: Benghazi “Talking Points” Went Through TWELVE Revisions (minx.cc)
- ABC Finds Benghazi Talking Points Extensively Edited by State Dept. (nationalreview.com)
- With an ‘Exclusive’ Benghazi Report – ABC Starts to catch up with the rest of us (grumpyelder.com)
- The Fallout from Benghazi (thedailybeast.com)
A Victory For Us All
” Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Sen. Rand Paul,R-Ky., to confirm that President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in a non-combat situation, Obama’s spokesman announced today.
There, that wasn’t so difficult, was it?
Meanwhile, understandably angry at seeing the Republican Party emerge from its four year defensive crouch–behind Tea Party conservatives no less!– Senators McCain and Graham proferred this mature advice:
McCain, a staunch foreign policy hawk, said Thursday that Paul’s warnings that the U.S. could target “Jane Fonda” or “people in cafes” bring the debate into the “realm of the ridiculous.” “
- Eric Holder Sent Letter To Rand Paul On Obama’s Authority To Target U.S. Citizens With Drones: ‘The Answer Is No’ (mediaite.com)
- Did Rand Paul Just Get The ‘No’ He Was Looking For? (personalliberty.com)
- Another Victory For @SenRandPaul…And America (thecampofthesaints.org)
- Carney: Obama won’t use drones against Americans in U.S. (politico.com)
- Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no,’ Paul satisfied (washingtonpost.com)
- White House Responds To Rand Paul: Obama ‘Has Not And Would Not Use Drone Strikes’ On Non-Hostile Americans (businessinsider.com)
- Admin Answers Rand Paul: President Doesn’t Have Authority to Kill Americans on U.S. Soil (nationalreview.com)
- Paul’s filibuster provokes answer from Holder (cbsnews.com)
- Did Rand Paul Win? White House Says No Authority to Kill Noncombatants on U.S. Soil (reason.com)
” We all know the media has, generally, been a bunch of sniveling, groveling, lapdogs for the Obama administration. The White House makes an assertion, and the press corps repeats it as fact. That’s how it’s supposed to work. Deviate from the plan, and risk raising the admin’s ire.
Today, we got a rare glimpse of how badly things go when the media doesn’t play ball.”
- CBS’s Bill Plante: Obama Administration ‘Undercutting First Amendment,’ ‘It’s State-Run Media’ (newsbusters.org)
- WH Denies Threatening Woodward (abcnews.go.com)
- White House Denies Threatening Bob Woodward (news.yahoo.com)
- Lapdog Media Wag Tails In Overdrive To Defend Team Lightbringer Against Woodward (pjmedia.com)
- Jay Carney: Yes, the Sequester Idea Was Put Forward by the President’s Team (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- White House denies threats to journalist Bob Woodward (sacbee.com)
” Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that donating $500,000 to the group Organizing for Action will get one quarterly meetings with President Barack Obama. “Giving or raising $500,000 or more puts donors on a national advisory board for Mr. Obama’s group and the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president, along with other meetings at the White House,” reported the Times.
Today, Jay Carney was unable to defend this arrangement at the White House press briefing, implausibly stating that the Obama group is somehow not related to Obama:
- Jay Carney: Yes, the Sequester Idea Was Put Forward by the President’s Team (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- Bret Baier Faces Off With White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Over Sequestration (foxnewsinsider.com)
- Obama called top Republicans to discuss looming cuts: White House (reuters.com)
- Obama to governors: “We’ve got more work to do” (cbsnews.com)
” The liberal New Republic magazine, eager to prove that President Obama participates in skeet shooting even if Jay Carney can’t corroborate it, tweeted a picture of Obamaappearing to hold a shotgun while at Camp David on Tuesday. Shortly after tweeting it, the New Republic deleted it.
The reason? The photo was fake, and came from a parody website called whitehouse.gov1.info.
The site clearly says, “not the White House” on the top of the page, with the banner, “parody of whitehouse.gov.” “
- Obama Says He Enjoys Skeet Shooting; Doubtful Lawmaker Challenges Him (wnyc.org)
- ‘Duped’ Lefty Rag New Republic Tries Pushing Fake Photo Of Obama Skeet Shooting (patdollard.com)
- Oops! The New Republic tweets parody site ‘proof’ of Obama shooting skeet, quickly deletes (twitchy.com)
- Mag Pushes Fake Picture of Obama Skeet Shooting (12160.org)
- Propaganda: Mag Pushes Fake Picture of Obama Skeet Shooting (secretsofthefed.com)
- Obama’s secret skeet shooting (politico.com)
” Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a reply brief with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking access to the names of the five Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) bin Laden raid operatives disclosed by the Obama Department of Defense (DOD) and the CIA to Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the filmmakers behind the critically acclaimed and controversial film Zero Dark Thirty, which concerns the capture and killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Judicial Watch’s brief was filed as news reports emerged indicating that the Inspector General made a criminal referral to the Obama Justice Department in September 2012 regarding Undersecretary Michael Vickers, who was alleged to have improperly leaked the name of at least one operative to the filmmakers.
Documents previously uncovered by Judicial Watch reveal that the Obama administration sought to have “high visibility” into bin Laden-related projects, and granted Boal and Bigelow unusual access to agency information in preparation for their film. However, Obama administration officials also disclosed in sworn court documents related to this lawsuit that the sensitive information released to Bigelow and Boal could cause an “unnecessary security and counterintelligence risk” if released to the public. The admission seems to contradict the public statement by Obama White House spokesman Jay Carney regarding the controversy: “We do not discuss classified information,” Carney told reporters. “
- Treachery Here At Home (youviewedblog.wordpress.com)
- Classified info used to portray ‘gutsy’ Obama (wnd.com)
- ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ screenwriters succeed with tricky balancing act (articles.philly.com)
- Zero Dark Thirty and truthfulness 3: Review by Michael Wolff – “this torture fantasy degrades us all” (cinematicnarrative.wordpress.com)
- Report: Leak of restricted information to makers of film on hunt for bin Laden is referred to Justice – @McClatchyDC (mcclatchydc.com)
- Alex Gibney: Why ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Is Dangerous By Alex Gibney (huffingtonpost.com)
- Bin Laden film leak is referred to Justice; leaker top Obama official (kansascity.com)
- “Zero Dark Thirty” is indefensible (salon.com)
“This Administration Has Been Malicious & Reckless With the Truth!”
Are they capable of doing anything else ?
” It is a measure of how skewed the reporting is and how intellectually inconsistent is most of the “analysis” from the mainstream media that while Mitt
Romney’s comment on the embassy attacks held the attention of the press for days (when in fact he had correctly surmised that the administration was trying to make
excuses for the embassy attack by
expressing regret over an anti-Muslim video), there has been comparatively little concern with a much more critical story:
Did the Obama team intentionally lie to voters (or just shoot first and aim later) for a week about what it knew, and did the deaths of four Americans result, in part, from defective security and preparation at the Benghazi consulate? “
” It didn’t even take 24 hours for the games and backtracking by the White House to begin. Don’t
forget, they insisted to the American people — in order to get the bill passed — that it was not
a tax. Clearly, they are worried about the tax narrative shaping the rest of the election season rhetoric.”
It can’t be said often enough . Via Doug Ross , a reminder of the crony capitalism that this administration has elevated to high art . Check out Jay Carney trying to explain why Solyndra doesn’t matter . That’s $500 million and 1100 jobs that don’t matter .
“Up is down, left is right, good is bad, and day is night. If you wander inside the Washington, D.C., beltway, you’ll enter a bizarro world where, at times, commonsense is replaced by a localized logic that is completely divorced from the reality.
The latest example of political gobbledygook comes courtesy of White House press secretary Jay Carney, who yesterday lapsed into rambling rhetoric when asked to explain how President Obama can defend the failed Solyndra solar boondoggle, yet attack private sector investments that sometimes fail but oftentimes succeed. Here’s his response:”