Scandal: Conservative site sends high-school student to attend pointless “news” anachronism; Update: Daily Caller responds

posted at 6:41 pm on July 17, 2013 by Allahpundit

I’m going to give Politico the benefit of the doubt and assume that this story is just them being pissy about the DC tweaking them over traffic on Monday. They can’t really be pretend-bothered that a teenager was sent to do the job at the dumbest, least newsworthy daily spectacle in American politics, can they?

Frankly, I’m bothered. I think the Caller should apologize for its bad judgment in deciding that a White House press briefing was worth attending.

Gabe Finger, who told POLITICO he’s 16, tweeted a photo of the White House briefing room and later posted: “Just angered Obama’s press secretary. Word.”

While students interning at news organizations are often brought to the White House briefing, it’s rare for them to ask questions, and even rarer for high schooler to get a question in.

Finger asked about reported death threats against George Zimmerman and his family. After an initial response, he followed up to ask if the family was “on their own.”

Carney’s response: “You can editorialize all you want, and I’m sure that you will, but that is a ridiculous statement.”

According to WaPo, he claimed to be unaware that Zimmerman and his family have been threatened constantly for the past 17 months. Oh, and he also said that, contra Lindsey Graham, we will not in fact be boycotting Russia’s winter Olympics. That was the “big news” to come out of today’s briefing, which is par for the course from a guy who knows literally thousands of ways to duck a question. But this isn’t an anti-Carney thing on my part; it’s a reaction to the plain fact that the daily televised cat-and-mouse game, where the press secretary tries to say nothing substantive whatsoever and professional reporters try to make him squirm a little in his evasions to prove that they’re doing their jobs, is pointless. It’s almost completely devoid of actual news value. The real affront in sending a kid to ask a question rather than someone with 20 years on the job is the affront to the guild, not any affront to the dignity of the process. What dignity? What process? You don’t need a teenager to sit there patiently while Carney says, “I’d refer you to the State Department on that” or “The president has full confidence in Attorney General Holder.” A five-year-old could do it. I’d rather hear him asked what he thinks of the “Sharknado” sequel. We might, for once, at least get an unguarded exchange.

In lieu of an exit question, some homework for you: Name a piece of real news that’s come from the White House press briefing lately. I don’t mean blog fodder like a reporter bickering with Carney theatrically or Carney goofing on something that he later had to walk back. I mean a bona fide substantive Q&A in the course of which an important, previously undisclosed fact was revealed. The signal-to-noise ratio here is vanishingly small, but it can’t be absolute zero. Can it?

Update: The Daily Caller answers the guild:

Some reporters in Washington are asking why The Daily Caller sent our intern Gabe Finger to the White House press briefing this afternoon. Talk about missing the point. The real question is, why did it take a 16-year-old intern to raise an obvious and important question that the White House press corps should have asked days ago? We don’t care how old Gabe Finger is. It doesn’t matter to us what his credentials are. All we care about is how well he does his job. Today he did it a lot better than most White House reporters.

Follow the link to see how the post ends.

Update: (MKH) Please imagine the drooling and collective orgasm of the press corps over, say, a female high-school intern who asked a question at, say, a John Boehner presser about “restrictive new abortion laws” sweeping the country and whether national Republicans intended to do anything to “protect women from these threats” to their well-being. “So, they’re on their own?” she asks. Boehner: “You can editorialize all you want, and I’m sure that you will, but that is a ridiculous statement.”

“ZOMG, did you see her bravery and her courageous shoes??? That Boehner is a monster for the way he treated her.”

The Daily Caller intern, Gabe Finger, asked a question that wasn’t out of bounds or disrespectful, he displayed admirable gumption in getting a question in in the first place, and he addressed a hot topic in an interesting, provocative way. For his trouble, he’s being publicly, mercilessly slammed by a bunch of reporters whose annual, swanky indulgence is a dinner ostensibly meant to encourage exactly the kind of student Gabe seems to be.


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Are suits a thing of the past?

Bmore on July 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

I think the Caller should apologize for its bad judgment in deciding that a White House press briefing was worth attending.

Ouchhhh :O

burrata on July 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Alternate Question: Why is Zimmerman getting the Amb. Stevens treatment from the DOJ?

Speaking of which…how’s that Benghazi investigation going?

BlaxPac on July 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM

That 16 year old asked the most pertinent question to Jay Carney in the last 2 years.

portlandon on July 17, 2013 at 6:51 PM

I mean a bona fide substantive Q&A in the course of which an important, previously undisclosed fact was revealed.

Carney knows 3 different Hillary Rosens ?
Benghazi was a loooooong time ago ?

burrata on July 17, 2013 at 6:51 PM

“Just angered Obama’s press secretary. Word.”

Amused by his moxie; annoyed that the above tweet makes him sound like a little ahole.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 6:52 PM

They gave Carney the finger, eh? ‘Bout time somebody did.

(C’mon — somebody had to say it…)

Liam on July 17, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Carney is just put out that the “kid” was a lot smarter than Carney will ever be….as are the “reporters”…who got all peeved because a “kid” asked a serious question.

coldwarrior on July 17, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Gabe Finger, who told POLITICO he’s 16, tweeted a photo of the White House briefing room and later posted: “Just angered Obama’s press secretary. Word.”

Finally, someone gave him the Finger.

faraway on July 17, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Good for him.

gophergirl on July 17, 2013 at 6:53 PM

They need to give this kid a raise :D

Imrahil on July 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

In response, the White House will have a rhesus monkey host the daily White House briefing for the rest of the month…to better inform the American people.

d1carter on July 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

While students interning at news organizations are often brought to the White House briefing, it’s rare for them to ask questions, and even rarer for high schooler to get a question in.

High schooler schools press corps; Carney gets dunce hat again.

BobMbx on July 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

BTW, AllahPundit, you’re writing is fiery lately.

faraway on July 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Why do I feel that Hussein’s Casa has this thing for Daily Caller ?
Maybe it’s because a DC guy asked Hussein a question once upon a time ?
Or maybe because DC busted Hussein’s dog eating ( initiated by Flatfoot ofcourse) and thoroughly enjoyed by Treacher later on :D
BTW, why did Killery’s people break Treacher’s leg by hitting him with an SUV ?
What is it with Hussein and the Daily Caller ?

burrata on July 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Wait, is Gabe White? If so, there you go.

If Gabe had been black, or even White-Black like Obama, he would have gotten a MUCH more courteous and professional response. Even if its still not the truth.

Meople on July 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Its sad that the commercial before the video is almost longer than the video itself

Iblis on July 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Well done, Allahpundit. Right on the mark.

rrpjr on July 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Amused by his moxie; annoyed that the above tweet makes him sound like a little ahole.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 6:52 PM

He’s 16. Throw him a friggin’ bone here.

BobMbx on July 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

d1carter on July 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Why not.

The White House has been flinging poop at us since 2009. Might as well bring in an expert.

coldwarrior on July 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

It wasn’t a stupid question. It really wasn’t a question at all so much as a backhanded way to point out that the Regime’s actions and statements are putting an exonerated private citizen in increased danger of being murdered. Carney told a transparent lie and got defensive in response. Chalk on up for the kid.

forest on July 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Does Jay not answer any “ridiculous” questions or just those from friends..?

d1carter on July 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Amused by his moxie; annoyed that the above tweet makes him sound like a little ahole.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Word.

CW on July 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Daamn. Pwned his first flack before he could shave. He have any older brothers?

Sekhmet on July 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Repost:

Mark Levin just said that Allahpundit over at Hotair has done a great job on this Immigration Issue!!

bluefox on July 17, 2013 at 6:12 PM

bluefox on July 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

He’s 16. Throw him a friggin’ bone here.

BobMbx on July 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Yeah, rethinking what I said. Maybe in my dotage I’m turning into one of those “Get off my lawn!”-types.

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Say remember all those kids with their loony moms who used to stalk Republican politicians to capture some cr@p Q&A on video ?
That was so cute , right ?

burrata on July 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM

“You can editorialize all you want, and I’m sure that you will, but that is a ridiculous statement.”

The really sad part is that Carney wasn’t just being snarky because of the age of the questioner. Carney is just a hack. I miss Tony Snow.

Happy Nomad on July 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM

The Daily Caller should be ashamed that they did not send the kid in with a BS Detector

faraway on July 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

The kid was the only one that made this hack-fest remotely worth noting.

WhatSlushfund on July 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Word.

CW on July 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Heh. My bad…

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

BOOM on the update from MKH – I adore her!

KateNE on July 17, 2013 at 7:05 PM

While I have absolutely no respect for Carney, he is correct that the last bit was an editorial comment, not a real follow-up question. And the tweet was rather childish . . . okay, just the stupid word word at the end.

Stephen L. Hall on July 17, 2013 at 7:05 PM

The really sad part is that Carney wasn’t just being snarky because of the age of the questioner. Carney is just a hack. I miss Tony Snow.

Happy Nomad on July 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM

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We all do ……. but not as much as his family. : (

listens2glenn on July 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Amused by his moxie; annoyed that the above tweet makes him sound like a little ahole.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 6:52 PM

I loved it. A mini-Breitbart. We need more of this attitude. Get in their faces and say “word” all you want. The Right has been too decorous and anal for too long.

rrpjr on July 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

I’m thinking the kid could take Carney in a scrap…

..but that’s not saying much…Jay has undoubtedly spent most of his life with his underwear pulled over his head while hanging upside down in a locker…and he’s had so many ‘swirlies’ he decided to adopt the hair style…

Would REALLY love to see it though…

BigWyo on July 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Amused by his moxie; annoyed that the above tweet makes him sound like a little ahole.
 
Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 6:52 PM

 
Cut him some slack. He has an underbite.

rogerb on July 17, 2013 at 7:13 PM

So yay or nay on protecting the lives of innocent American citizens from Hussein’s thugs ?

burrata on July 17, 2013 at 7:13 PM

its time somebody gave Carney the finger

burserker on July 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM

The big take away was Jay saying that he had not heard about this story…!

d1carter on July 17, 2013 at 7:17 PM

BTW, AllahPundit, you’re writing is fiery lately.

faraway on July 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

MKH also. Must be the heat-wave.

oldroy on July 17, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Go ahead and replace the WH press corps with kids. Replace Carney, too, with Honey Boo Boo.

tuffy on July 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Reading the article got me curious and I went to Quantcast.

Why does HotAir hide its stats?

cozmo on July 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

I’m going to give Politico the benefit of the doubt

Why??

and assume that this story is just them being pissy about the DC tweaking them over traffic on Monday.

No, they are just upset that someone actually asked a useful question instead of bootlicking like Politico and their cohorts do. It’s embarrassing when the public is reminded that the press is really just another minion of the Obama Regime.

That’s all.

kim roy on July 17, 2013 at 7:22 PM

It is on…

Tucker Carlson ‏@TuckerCarlson 3h

Why is it that our teenage intern asks smarter and tougher questions than the throne sniffers at, say, Politico?

d1carter on July 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I’d rather hear him asked what he thinks of the “Sharknado” sequel.
===================================================================

****************** SharkDaPussy *****************:)

http://io9.com/5470224/here-comes-sharktopus

(sarc)

canopfor on July 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Reading the article got me curious and I went to Quantcast.

Why does HotAir hide its stats?

cozmo on July 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

cozmo:Zouwieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee,that is alot of traffic!:)

canopfor on July 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

BTW, AllahPundit, you’re writing is fiery lately.

faraway on July 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

MKH also. Must be the heat-wave.

oldroy on July 17, 2013 at 7:18 PM

oldroy:Tru Dat:)

canopfor on July 17, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Bring this kid on Red Eye !!

burrata on July 17, 2013 at 7:36 PM

The White House could improve its press relations by replacing Carney with a 16 year old. ANY 16 year old.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on July 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM

…her courageous shoes.

Oh my goodness, MKH, hilarious.

mdavt on July 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM

The signal-to-noise ratio here is vanishingly small, but it can’t be absolute zero. Can it?

Yes, it can. I can’t think of a single time that Carney has been forthcoming with anything substantial. Mostly he’s just a smarta$$.

scalleywag on July 17, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Like a Georgetown student acting like a healthcare professional in order to push Congress to give access to birth control for all women.

djaymick on July 17, 2013 at 7:50 PM

cozmo on July 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Interesting.

Bmore on July 17, 2013 at 7:53 PM

It is on…

Tucker Carlson ‏@TuckerCarlson 3h

Why is it that our teenage intern asks smarter and tougher questions than the throne sniffers at, say, Politico?

d1carter on July 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Classic.

Way to go Daily Caller…The kid did alright…

workingclass artist on July 17, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Dude. 16 good questions, next he will want to persist and reply,”You didn’t answer the question. Are they on their own?”

jake49 on July 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

“Just angered Obama’s press secretary. Word.”

Amused by his moxie; annoyed that the above tweet makes him sound like a little ahole.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Heh… I think he showed remarkable restraint and decorum. I would love the opportunity that kid had. I’m a GIANT ahole… Imagine what I woulda asked…

PointnClick on July 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Remember the American Press Corps. published The Miracle that is Valerie…

So rock on Daily Caller…

workingclass artist on July 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

BLOG WARS!!!!

Fun days ahead.

Barred on July 17, 2013 at 8:01 PM

How dare that kid upstage us and show us how this job SHOULD BE DONE!

GarandFan on July 17, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Congratulations for sticking up for the kid. Do you think the “professionals” would have been less upset if he had been a college student?

Cindy Munford on July 17, 2013 at 8:04 PM

…Jay has undoubtedly spent most of his life with his underwear pulled over his head while hanging upside down in a locker…and he’s had so many ‘swirlies’ he decided to adopt the hair style…

Would REALLY love to see it though…

BigWyo on July 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Ok, that is just wrong Big. Freakin’ hysterical, but wrong.

I liked DCs response BTW, kinda called the press “corpse” on the carpet.

JusDreamin on July 17, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Mark Levin is on this too, LOL He’s getting ready to play the audio.

bluefox on July 17, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Schooled by a 16 year old Carney resorts to a 12 year old reply.

The best and the brightest…NOT!

jukin3 on July 17, 2013 at 8:40 PM

I thought a story about a kid at the white house briefing was just an expose on Carney. Seriously though, in one question the kid showed the white house press corps how obsolete they are.

Ellis on July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM

slowest news day ever.

sesquipedalian on July 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Liberals demand to know whether he’s getting paid or not.

Also, Pelosi cites Finger as one more reason for late-term abortions–one last chance to snuff out conservatives before they become a problem.

BuckeyeSam on July 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Carney after the presser: “That’s it! We have to close down the White House tours. These are supposed to be pillow fights. The last thing I want to do is answer a lot of questions.”

BuckeyeSam on July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM

It must be April Fools Day at the DC. They have an article about David Brock stealing gasoline. I have to say, Leftists don’t appear to have much of a sense of humor.

Cindy Munford on July 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM

They can’t really be pretend-bothered that a teenager was sent to do the job at the dumbest, least newsworthy daily spectacle in American politics, can they?

I didn’t get that from the Politico article. I got more that they were thumbing their nose at Carney — they even quoted DC’s comments about how Carney actually gave out some news — if negative — as a result of them giving him the Finger (yes, I know may others above have used this one, but it just seems so appropriate….).

unclesmrgol on July 17, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Schooled by a 16 year old Carney resorts to a 12 year old reply.

The best and the brightest…NOT!

jukin3 on July 17, 2013 at 8:40 PM

+1000

unclesmrgol on July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM

The White House could improve its press relations by replacing Carney with a 16 year old. ANY 16 year old.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on July 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM

I thought they already had done that when they replaced Gibbs with Carney.

James on July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM

We are all Gabe Finger now.

Jaibones on July 17, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Jeez. My 16-year-old honor student is sitting on her butt this summer doing nothing.

***embarrassed***

rockmom on July 17, 2013 at 9:42 PM

wow…. the implosion is very entertaining…..

Poor Barry has been schooled by a high school dropout that has moved to Russia …. Carney is doing the Ralph Kramden “Homina…Homina”…. cause of a high preschooler’s question……

Bwahahahahahahahahah

them smartest guys in da room…… sure ar douches……

I really needs ta get me one O dem Harvvvvvvard Deeeeegrees like Barry……

More Skittles please

roflmmfao

donabernathy on July 17, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Are suits a thing of the past?

Bmore on July 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Suits? Don’t care about them but ties, I hope they go screaming into the abyss of forgotten history. One of the very first things I did when I retired was to throw all my ties into the trash.

Oldnuke on July 17, 2013 at 10:42 PM

This is in the same White House that trots toddlers out as spokesmen for gun control, healthcare and anything else it wants to sell us, is it not?

At the end of the day, any room that lets Tommy Frickin’ Christopher sit in it ought not be taking itself overly seriously.

Pablo on July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Oldnuke on July 17, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Visigoth! Sacrilege!

I am a tie man myself…a good looking, well made tie will make all but the WORSE cut suits look a little better.

Send ‘em here; they’ll have a good home with 60 others….! :o)

BlaxPac on July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Suits? Don’t care about them but ties, I hope they go screaming into the abyss of forgotten history. One of the very first things I did when I retired was to throw all my ties into the trash.

Man is the only animal dumb enough to begin each day by tying a noose around his neck.

Pablo on July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Looking forward to seeing Gabe Finger on the cover of The Rolling Stone.

Shy Guy on July 18, 2013 at 2:01 AM

If the young man had asked such a question of GWBs Press Secretary the reporters would be fighting to get an interview with him and a the Sunday talk shows would be trying to book him.

schmuck281 on July 18, 2013 at 4:12 AM

Are suits a thing of the past?

Bmore on July 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

To be fair, it was hotter than on the surface of the sun in DC yesterday. Whew!

NavyMustang on July 18, 2013 at 7:02 AM

If I had a son, he would look like Gabe Finger!

Atlanta Media Guy on July 18, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Carney got Fingered

EricW on July 18, 2013 at 7:49 AM

BlaxPac on July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM

When I was just out of high school, I worked at a fabrication/machine shop. We made custom tube mills and straighteners.

On occasion, when we were finishing up a build, execs from the purchasing company would show up to look important, while their engineers and operators did the punch list.

We had a safety brief for them, which being as I was the low man on totem pole, I was in charge of. It was very basic stuff stay in the yellow walking lanes, do not touch anything etc, etc..but it also included a very short video.

It was a very nice tie with a double Windsor knot on a 2×4, getting caught in the rolls of the tube mill. Broke the 2×4 quite expeditiously. It was amazing how uncomfortable that made the tie wearers.

Amazing that society expects us to wear ready to use garrotes.

Nathan_OH on July 18, 2013 at 8:31 AM

The kid obviously needs that Journalism School degree in order to learn how to properly treat his Democrat garbage betters.

Today:

Do you think your administration should be protecting George Zimmerman and his family?

After $250,000 in debt and that “coveted” Columbia Journalism School Degree:

Do you think, like I do, that Huma Weiner is the most cosmopolitan human being on Earth?

MNHawk on July 18, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Just watched a CNN host and lib work over a lady from Daily Caller for sending a student to such a “serious” (her words) affair as Press Briefing at W H. Wow!

Herb on July 18, 2013 at 10:49 AM

A 16 year old doing the job the Press won’t. Way to go kid. If this is any indication we need more 16 year olds because dey new skool and the rest of those journ o listers be ol skool

neyney on July 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

A White House press briefing hasn’t been a serious affair in almost two decades, aside from the immediate aftermath of 9/11/2001, and the runup to the invasion of Iraq. The job of WHPS has always been to say as little of note as possible while seeming to appease the journos. That’s not to say that the job required telling bald-faced lies that everyone in the room knows are lies, that seemed to commence with little Georgie Stephanopolous.

Still, if the best response that Carney or Politico or anyone else has to an uncomfortable question is to focus on the age of the questioner, they have jumped the shark.

Freelancer on July 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM