Hey, how come Jay Carney’s not holding televised press briefings anymore?

posted at 5:39 pm on October 9, 2012 by Allahpundit

Good catch by the Standard. Carney’s held gaggles with reporters recently, but gaggles are inferior for reasons Daniel Halper explains at the link. According to the White House website, there’s been no full-fledged “face the nation”-style televised press briefing in more than two weeks. How come? Can’t be that Carney’s busy with campaign stuff. As surreal as it may sound, he technically works for you and me as an employee of the executive branch, not for Team Hopenchange. Why isn’t our press secretary out in front fielding questions about the day’s news? Could it be because … he ended up becoming the public face of the White House clusterfark over Benghazi? And now, after two more weeks of evidence about how negligent the State Department was in failing to protect Chris Stevens, the administration’s less inclined than ever to send him back out there in front of a camera?

Bummer, if so, because I’d sure like to hear more about this:

Less than two months before the fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, the State Department concluded that the risk of violence to diplomats and other Americans in Libya was high and that the weak U.S.-backed government in Tripoli could do little about it.

“The risk of U.S. Mission personnel, private U.S. citizens and businesspersons encountering an isolating event as a result of militia or political violence is HIGH,” a State Department security assessment from July 22 concludes…

The department’s former top security officer told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that he had recommended keeping U.S. military and additional State Department security forces on hand through October, documents released by the committee show.

“The (Libyan government) was overwhelmed and could not guarantee our protection,” former regional security officer Eric A. Nordstrom wrote Oct. 1. “Sadly, that point was reaffirmed Sept. 11 2012 in Benghazi.”

Literally everyone knew that Benghazi was dangerous, including State, and yet they were still willing to rotate out a security team in August because “their mission was simply over.” Seems like something the president’s mouthpiece might want to comment on. More from Jake Tapper:

Eric Nordstrom, the former Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, told congressional investigators looking into the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, that the State Department was eager for the American diplomatic presence in Libya to reduce its American security footprint and to rely more on locals, sources tell ABC News. A senior State Department official denies the charge.

In an email from Nordstrom from earlier this month obtained by ABC News, the former Regional Security Officer referred to a list of 230 security incidents in Libya that took place between June 2011 and July 2012, writing that “(t)hese incidents paint a clear picture that the environment in Libya was fragile at best and could degrade quickly. Certainly, not an environment where post should be directed to ‘normalize’ operations and reduce security resources in accordance with an artificial time table.”

Question: Who in this administration is willing to face the media anymore? Carney’s AWOL, Biden hasn’t done a national interview since May, and the Empty Chair these days contents himself with outlets like Nickelodeon. The only people you still see are Axelrod and Plouffe on Sunday morning, and all they want to talk about is Big Bird and the war on women, blah blah blah. Note to O: The media’s rooting for you. They’ll be nice-ish if you just say hi. All you need to do is explain why you left the U.S. ambassador to Libya woefully unprepared to cope with a terror attack that pretty much everyone saw coming.

Update: Via the Right Scoop, a two-minute summary of why Carney’s hiding under his desk.


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Run!!!

Bmore on October 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Oh and 101, 102.

Bmore on October 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Also, Matthews tingle has transitioned into a tinkle.

Schadenfreude on October 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Just a couple thoughts about the tingling moron….

If he REALLY wants to know what Hardball is, he should invite Paul Ryan on!

NOTE: If paul goes on, he should wear a bib and a face shield!

kcd on October 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Breaking: Fox News was not invited to conference call with the State department late today concerning Libya and Ambassador Steven’s death.
The State Department is “apologizing profusely” for leaving off Fox News from the call list.

d1carter on October 9, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Jonah Goldberg tells Bret Baier…maybe you’ll get a muffin basket from the State Department. KP says it was because Fox News was the only network covering the story from the beginning. It is a shame.

d1carter on October 9, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Carney: it is hard to run when you don’t have a spine…

Loser… with a CAPITAL L…

Khun Joe on October 9, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Here’s a report on the conference call…

d1carter on October 9, 2012 at 7:03 PM

these guys are too much.. its like if you think President Romney is lying, why wouldn’t you tell him to his FACE, he had plenty of time…. we were all watching,

MrMoe on October 9, 2012 at 7:10 PM

If this is what it take4s to make daily press briefings a thing of the past, then that’s just fine with me.

ghostwriter on October 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

That Crossroads ad is a direct hit. Rove, you magnificent bastard!

Naturally Curly on October 9, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Just a couple thoughts about the tingling moron….

If he REALLY wants to know what Hardball is, he should invite Paul Ryan on!

NOTE: If paul goes on, he should wear a bib and a face shield!

kcd on October 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Ugh. Why would Ryan subject himself to that? Who cares about those people at MSNBC? They’re a friggin’ joke; even SNL makes fun of them for their left-wing hackery.

ghostwriter on October 9, 2012 at 7:13 PM

On Fox just now, they said there was a media conference with the administration about Media and Fox was pointedly not invited!!!

Was that Obama rallying the troops to cover for his lies over Lybia?

Trying to get ahead of the hearings tomorrow… making sure the narrative is a complete lie from the media?

People are dead!!!

How can the media do this to the country?

petunia on October 9, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I’d love for Mitt to turn to 0dumbo during the foreign policy debate and ask him why he still went to Las Vegas the morning after the Bengazi attack, knowing full well that it WAS a terrorist attack. That’s the only way people will actually hear about it.

Sasha List on October 9, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Breaking: Fox News was not invited to conference call with the State department late today concerning Libya and Ambassador Steven’s death.
The State Department is “apologizing profusely” for leaving off Fox News from the call list.

d1carter on October 9, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Wow!!!

JPeterman on October 9, 2012 at 7:19 PM

They esceered. Some truth might leak out in spite of their studied non-answers. They’re playing prevent. And you know what happens when you play prevent.

curved space on October 9, 2012 at 7:20 PM

How can the media do this to the country?

petunia on October 9, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Petunia i have wondered this same thing its so bad…why do they hate freedom.. are they doing it for money? Why? are they doing this to us..

MrMoe on October 9, 2012 at 7:24 PM

No ad is brutal enough!

Someone has to bypass the media get the information to the people!!!

How can we have an election when more than half the country has no idea what is really going on in this country?

We have got to figure out how to get the Networks into conservative hands.

This is life or death. We have got to outst the liberals from control of the media.

petunia on October 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Jay Carney is no Tony Snow or Dana Perino. Nope.

Fleuries on October 9, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Bet black, red or with the house.

Who will take the fall?

I think that the definitive information will find the light of day with the same timing as the Rose law firm papers.

IlikedAUH2O on October 9, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Carney can’t do the live briefing anymore… the uncontrollable weeping since the debate is too distracting.

thatsafactjack on October 9, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Perhaps Jawbone of an Ass needs a little rest from that nonstop lying. It wears you out. Ask Obama, who is looking mean and tired nowadays.

Michelle is just looking mean.

Remember, folks, even after he loses in November, he has to look at that face in the morning. We won’t have to after 1/20/13.

disa on October 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Come on, Jay have a press conference. The dishonest Press Corps will throw you a few soft, soft ball statements framed as “questions” that will make you feel alllll better.

Why do we bother having a press if it only works for one side?

KCsecurity1976 on October 9, 2012 at 8:05 PM

I just saw over at Gatewaypundit that the State Dept. held a telephone press conference on Benghazi today and did not include Fox in the call. Sorry if someone already mentioned that, I haven’t read the comments yet.

Cindy Munford on October 9, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I think the White House Press Corpse should be laid off. Then, they could all find some meaningful part-time work. Perhaps the Service Industy…

trigon on October 9, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Hmmm, haven’t seen Big Bird and Carney at the same time… Is Jay in that bird suit?

socalcon on October 9, 2012 at 6:25 PM

…glad I read through the threads…you beat me to it…Big Bird has been acting strangely lately…

KOOLAID2 on October 9, 2012 at 8:31 PM

They are trying to mash up a Big Bird/Anti Muslim YouTube trailer.

Problem is Carney’s crayons keep effin up the computer screen.

Odie1941 on October 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Is anybody here old enough to remember Winky Dink? When the cartoon character got into trouble, his young viewers could draw with crayon on the plastic film overlaid on the television screen, allowing an escape hatch.

onlineanalyst on October 9, 2012 at 8:35 PM

onlineanalyst on October 9, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Yep.

chewmeister on October 9, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Breaking: Fox News was not invited to conference call with the State department late today concerning Libya and Ambassador Steven’s death.
The State Department is “apologizing profusely” for leaving off Fox News from the call list.

d1carter on October 9, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Unf…believable…

jimver on October 9, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Via the Right Scoop, a two-minute summary of why Carney’s hiding under his desk.

Accurate, clear, concise and tightly produced.

so simple – even a democrat could follow it.

Well done folks.

Tim_CA on October 9, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Unf…believable…

jimver on October 9, 2012 at 8:41 PM

not really.

Tim_CA on October 9, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Maybe Carney is afraid someone will ask him for the date of Ambassador Stevens’ state funeral and if there should be donations to Obama’s campaign in lieu of flowers.

timmytee on October 9, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Lying every single day all day long must be terribly stressful…

d1carter on October 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM

..I want Obama and his cabal crushed underfoot like dessicated cow turds — and I want ONE LAST PRESSER where this smug little pr|ck’s balls get caught in a vice and each member of the press corpse gets one twist of the handle.

I WANT TO HEAR HIS SCREAMS ALL THE WAY OUT HERE ON THE LEFT COAST!

The War Planner on October 9, 2012 at 8:50 PM

The War Planner on October 9, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Bravo Sir/Madame. Just what I told my bride an hour ago but not so eloquently.

Dingbat63 on October 9, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Is anybody here old enough to remember Winky Dink? When the cartoon character got into trouble, his young viewers could draw with crayon on the plastic film overlaid on the television screen, allowing an escape hatch.

onlineanalyst on October 9, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Sadly, yes.

Also, many of us discovered that even if you didn’t have the plastic film, you could just draw right on the screen with your crayons… at least once, until your parents noticed!

bofh on October 9, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Hey, how come Jay Carney’s not holding televised press briefings anymore?

(Raises hand)

Ooooo oooooo ooooo I know this one AP!

Because he’s a smarmy, lying, cowardly little douchebag who finally ran out of lies to tell?

What do I win?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on October 9, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Why? What else is there to say?

Everything he’s uttered to this point has been a lie.

Anything he could possibly say, except for the truth (which would sink Obozo), would be converted into a campaign ad against Dear Leader.

They’ve spun themselves into a corner, possibly because they’re hiding something that would get you and me tossed in jail.

They’re f*cked… and they know they’re f*kced.

That’s why Carney is hiding.

CPT. Charles on October 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Fox knew the truth already. That’s why they weren’t included.
Fox would have known what was truthful and what wasn’t.

BruceB on October 10, 2012 at 7:59 AM

To Schadenfreude and kcd

The THRILL is gone, the TINGLE has died
Out-debated, berated, dismissed and denied,
His hero disgraced,
Chrissy Matthews embraced
A tumbler of arsenic laced cyanide!

:-)

Nana on October 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Why would Obama and his sychophants be scared of the White House press corps? They are a pack of lying weasel lapdogs who line up to felate Obama every chance they get. Seems to me Obama is missing the opportunity to tell them what the message is so they can get it out.

woodNfish on October 10, 2012 at 12:25 PM

They had to re-do the Ludevico Process. He’s in the basement of the WH, strapped to a chair with his eyelids propped open, watching hours and hours of old Obama speeches.

mojo on October 10, 2012 at 1:30 PM

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