Jay Carney to press corps: You people ought to do your jobs and report the context of Obama’s “private sector” comments

posted at 4:41 pm on June 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Standard, I totally agree with him — notwithstanding the fact that Team O wets itself with glee every time Romney says something that can be yanked out of context to make him sound like a cross between Gordon Gekko and Donald Trump. (Ahem.) By all means, report the context, so long as “context” means something more than whatever the White House says it is. For instance, via James Pethokoukis, here’s some tasty context about just how fine the private sector’s doing:

U.S. companies are finding it more difficult to grow their revenue now than at just about any time since the financial crisis.

Second-quarter revenue growth for companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index .SPX is expected to be just 2.2 percent compared with an average 7.3 percent quarterly increase since the fourth quarter of 1998, according to Thomson Reuters data based on Wall Street analysts’ forecasts. Take out the supercharged sales of Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and the picture is even weaker – with growth of only 1.9 percent for the current period…

Just last year, S&P 500 revenue growth was in double-digit territory, at 11.1 percent in the third quarter following an even bigger 13.6 percent in the second quarter. Revenue growth in the first quarter of this year came in at 5 percent.

Not enough context for you? Have some more from WaPo:

The net worth of the American family has fallen to its lowest level in two decades, according to government data released Monday, driven by a more than 40 percent drop in their stakes in their homes.

The Federal Reserve’s detailed survey of consumer finances showed families’ median wealth plunged from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010 — a 39 percent decline. That put them on par with median wealth in 1992.

The Fed’s data underscore the depth of the wounds of the Great Recession and how far many families remain from healing. The median value of Americans’ debt did not change between 2007 and 2010. Meanwhile, the housing market crash inflicted particularly severe damage, with the Fed showing that the median value of Americans’ equity in their homes plunged 42.3 percent between 2007 and 2010.

Li’l more? Read Marc Thiessen on which sector is really doing fine these days, then watch former Obama car czar Steven Rattner below stray very far off-message indeed on today’s “Morning Joe.” (Hat tip to the Breitbart crew for the latter clip.) Carney’s problem here is that there are two sorts of facts that are reported by political media: Actual facts and what I call “political facts,” and if there’s a conflict between the two, the former doesn’t always trump the latter. A perfect example was the aftermath of the Tucson shooting last year, when the left spent weeks demagoging conservative rhetoric as having been a major contributing factor. Actual fact: There was no evidence that that was true. “Political fact:” It was undeniably true that the left was milking the civility thing for all it was worth and that Republicans were taking heat for it. Result: Endless dumb Beltway stories about whether the Democratic attacks would succeed in damaging the GOP/tea party brand, even though the whole thing was based on a giant lie. The fact that it was a lie was treated as almost a footnote to the “more important” story of how it would play politically; I remember reading one story in this vein where the caveat about a total lack of evidence as to Loughner’s motive was buried five or six paragraphs down. Carney and Obama are getting a tiny, tiny taste of that with Obama’s “private sector” comments insofar as the media pounced on it because of what Republicans might do with it, with the question of whether he was right or wrong a decidedly secondary concern. That’s horse-race media for you. Oh well.


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Must be a fun time in the West Wing these days. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch. Har.

Philly on June 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

the side that supports and advocates for the working class

Uppereastside on June 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Talking point queen.

In 2007, the average family’s median wealth was $126,400; by 2010, it was just $77,300.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/fed-americans-wealth-dropped-40-percent/2012/06/11/gJQAlIsCVV_story.html

If that is support and advocacy please take it and shove it up you fat arse.

CW on June 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

notwithstanding the fact that Team O wets itself with glee every time Romney says something that can be yanked out of context to make him sound like a cross between Gordon Gekko and Donald Trump.

THIS

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

He meant “sis” as dismissive, not familial. “c***” would have brought the ban down—I think.

arnold ziffel on June 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

… and I thought the “sis” was key to his romantic advances being rebuffed at family reunions.

viking01 on June 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Shut up Jay. Just. Shut. Up.

Dear God, I can’t even stand to click on the YT links. I hate the sound of their voices so much and the outright lies spewing from their mouths.

Yakko77 on June 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

the side that supports and advocates for the working class

Uppereastside on June 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

You wouldn’t happen to be Egyptian, would you?

a capella on June 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Idiot

Uppereastside on June 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I will right after you are done sucking me off sis.

Uppereastside on June 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Now I feel bad for ever making fun. UES is HA’s Tourette’s syndrome boy.

arnold ziffel on June 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

There was no ‘slip of the tongue’. Barry blurted out exactly what he believes. Bend over Carney, and SMILE!

GarandFan on June 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Yeah, do your job and make Obama look good. Or else.

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Easy one Jay, I’ll do that for you.

The context of obamas remark is that he hates it when America does well, so when we aren’t doing well according to the complete doofus in chief, we’re doing just fine.

Next up from obama: “Look, just STFU and make me king so we can stop messing around before the money that I want to steal from you disappears completely into china’s hands.”

Wolfmoon on June 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Uppereastside on June 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Where do I sign the petition to have this loathesome, hostile, hateful, bigoted communist creature erased from hotair?

Wolfmoon on June 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

New independent data this week replaces theoretical banter by pundits with empirical evidence from voters.

DickCheneyIsAWarCriminal on June 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Where does this new “independent data” come from? Please provide links.

Del Dolemonte on June 11, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Wolfmoon on June 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Send an email with the particulars and a link to the original post.
tips@hotair.com

a capella on June 11, 2012 at 7:01 PM

New independent data this week replaces theoretical banter by pundits with empirical evidence from voters.
 
Uppereastside on June 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

 
Where does this new “independent data” come from? Please provide links.
 
Del Dolemonte on June 11, 2012 at 6:59 PM

 
The anti-(D) Wisconsin recall numbers, obviously.
 
Uppereastside lets go.

rogerb on June 11, 2012 at 7:13 PM

the side that supports and advocates for the working class

Uppereastside on June 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Talking point queen.

In 2007, the average family’s median wealth was $126,400; by 2010, it was just $77,300.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/fed-americans-wealth-dropped-40-percent/2012/06/11/gJQAlIsCVV_story.html

If that is support and advocacy please take it and shove it up you fat arse.

CW on June 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

What happened in January 2007? Didn’t the Democrat Party win control of Congress?

I mean, I could be wrong…

Spliff Menendez on June 11, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Win = take over

Spliff Menendez on June 11, 2012 at 7:16 PM

The Obama position amounts to this: the reason the economy is stalling is that we don’t have enough public sector parasites siphoning from too many private sector producers.

fitzfong on June 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Uppereastside on June 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

What happens in Hot Air doesn’t stay in Hor Air.

docflash on June 11, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Obama himself set the context for his remarks with his prepared statement that he opened the presser with. Here’s what he said about the private sector, which looks strikingly familiar to his “doing fine” comment.

Keep in mind that the private sector has been hiring at a solid pace over the last 27 months. But one of the biggest weaknesses has been state and local governments, which have laid off 450,000 Americans.

He provided this response to the first question asked. It is consistent with his opening statement and the “doing fine” statement.

We’ve got a couple of sectors in our economy that are still weak. Overall, the private sector has been doing a good job creating jobs. We’ve seen record profits in the corporate sector. The big challenge we have in our economy right now is state and local government hiring has been going in the wrong direction.

The “couple of [weak] sectors” are 1) state and 2) local government. He can’t mean to imply the private sector is weak by citing record profits. Finally in response to the 3rd question he said,

The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government

That my friends is the consistent context presented in the press conference.

vamoose on June 11, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Uppereastside on June 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Idiot

Uppereastside on June 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

…SHUT UP lowlife…your mouth is full!

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2012 at 7:52 PM

With every passing day as we get closer to the election correction, the White Mosque sounds more and more like a dictatorship, overtly telling people what to say and how to think.

madmonkphotog on June 11, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Just plain scary to know millions still love this guy and those around him.

sdbatboy on June 11, 2012 at 8:54 PM

New independent data this week replaces theoretical banter by pundits with empirical evidence from voters.
 
Uppereastside on June 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM
 
Where does this new “independent data” come from? Please provide links.
 
Del Dolemonte on June 11, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Usually he pulls it out of his sitinky derriere…

jimver on June 11, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Our side.. the side that supports and advocates for the working class will continue to hammer your mitLord on this.

Uppereastside on June 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Hahaha, like you “hammered’ us in WI :)…Your side can’t tell its elbow from its azz, as evident from the avalanche of gaffes by the idiot in chief and his campaign these past 2 weeks…not even the army of minions dispatched to spin THe WHine’s gaffes managed to change the perception of out of touch air head that your guru projects…

jimver on June 11, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I think you mean “press corpse”.

crosspatch on June 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Is there enough cheese to go with the “wine” being offered by da One and his lackeys?

TQM38a on June 11, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Someone should just tell Carney it is HIS job to communicate effectively. It is not the job of the press to prop up the imbevile in the White House.

In fact, a real press would be slamming Carney for even making this absurd comment.

Freddy on June 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Chile con Carney and his lame talking points from Axelrod!!

Sherman1864 on June 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM

What an annoying little middle school assistant principal, this Carney.

curved space on June 12, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Are there any three more loathsome individuals than Robert Fibbs, David Axelfraud, and Jay Carnie?

bob77 on June 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

…doing fine.

Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) — a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

itsnotaboutme on June 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

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