Did anyone ask Carney about CNN’s Benghazi bombshell at today’s press briefing?

posted at 4:01 pm on August 5, 2013 by Allahpundit

There was no briefing on Friday so this was the first chance to press him on CNN’s scoop. Ace says he watched most of it and didn’t hear a peep about it. When he tweeted at Ed Henry of Fox to ask what’s up, Henry tweeted back — well, go look. Consider this a bleg: Did anyone watch, start to finish, and can confirm or deny that it’s true? Even with the big terror alert preoccupying the media, it’s unfathomable that they wouldn’t pick up a story pushed by a major cable news net that kinda sorta hinted the CIA might have been shipping SAMs to Syrian jihadis under the radar and that the CIA is now trying to intimidate would-be leakers into silence. Especially when Carney dismissed this as a phony scandal as recently as last week.

If it is true, does this explain why?

Some CNN reporters are reportedly fearful now that their access to the White House will be hampered following their probing into a story that members of the Obama administration would prefer remain uninvestigated.

“Access is a very serious consideration when it comes to stories that could adversely impact a show, correspondent, or network’s relationship with the administration, a campaign, or any political leader,” one source with insider information told Mediaite.

“I would suggest it’s not an accident that those who have been given a lot of access to the president have generally been AWOL when it comes to stories that might reflect poorly on him,” the source, who did not wish to be identified, continued. “It’s the name of the game. And it’s bad for everyone trying to do this job the right way.”

I tweeted this out before posting in hopes that someone would correct me/Ace. Here’s what I got back:

The transcript of the press briefing typically isn’t posted until later in the day; I’ll update once it’s up. As it is, I’m torn between thinking that this is the ultimate proof that the daily briefing now operates as a form of anti-news and thinking that it wouldn’t matter if they’d asked three dozens questions about it since Carney would have simply deflected them away anyway (“I’d refer you to the CIA for further comment”). The briefing is really a platform for reporters more than for the White House itself: The media gets to show the public that it’s asking the tough questions, even though it gets zero answers and Carney never, ever says anything legitimately newsworthy. What’s left if they’re not even asking the tough questions, though? Does the Daily Caller need to send a 14-year-old down there to do it for them?


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It’s like asking Baghdad Bob anything, anyway.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Freedom of the press doesn’t mean you have a right to defy the editorial demands of your superiors.
 
libfreeordie on August 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM

rogerb on August 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Daily press breifings are nothing more than giving the press its daily talking points. Much more efficient than emailing them like in the past.

AndrewsDad on August 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Did any of the reports ask a question to set up Carney to blame Republicans on any attacks due to sequestration?

portlandon on August 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM

The White House suppress corpse at it again.

Flange on August 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Pat Caddell telling it all…

d1carter on August 5, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Unstinkingbelievable

cmsinaz on August 5, 2013 at 4:07 PM

If Carnie had been asked, we would have all been dumber for having heard the his “answer”…
“Mr. Carney, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

Marcola on August 5, 2013 at 4:07 PM

It’s not like Carney would have answered anyway.

joekenha on August 5, 2013 at 4:07 PM

rogerb on August 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Breathtaking.

Kataklysmic on August 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Said it a million times.

Access Trumps Truth.

He reminds me of Arafat. Any criticism in the press was dealt with harshly.

Ben Hur on August 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Did anyone ask Carney about CNN’s Benghazi bombshell at today’s press briefing?

You don’t need to have a state controlled media if they are ideologically tied to the government and dependent on government charity for their livelihood.

sharrukin on August 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

There are no reporters in this country.Spineless,creampuff,girly,wimps that enjoy spankings.

docflash on August 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

When he tweeted at Ed Henry of Fox to ask what’s up, Henry tweeted back — well, go look

Benghazi? wha?…. Lookit mah head planted firmly in mah ass……
@EdHenry

ted c on August 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Not surprised, its simply too devastating for Obama and the future queen of the realm.

rob verdi on August 5, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Send in the kid!

blammm on August 5, 2013 at 4:10 PM

As it is, I’m torn between thinking that this is the ultimate proof that the daily briefing now operates as a form of anti-news and thinking that it wouldn’t matter if they’d asked three dozens questions about it since Carney would have simply deflected them away anyway (“I’d refer you to the CIA for further comment”).

Jay’s job is to tapdance with the faux veneer of giving a press conference. Within his dance moves he has to show “consistency” and “clarity” and to be able to refer snoopy reporters to the proper gov’t agency towards which to direct their pesky ass questions. That is his function.

ted c on August 5, 2013 at 4:12 PM

What a bunch of weak kneed boot lickers.

Alinsky on August 5, 2013 at 4:13 PM

what’s with the jazz hands-y twitter pic, Allah?

dude…..

ted c on August 5, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Some CNN reporters are reportedly fearful now that their access to the White House will be hampered following their probing into a story that members of the Obama administration would prefer remain uninvestigated.

Mugabe just declared that he ‘won’, again, in Zimbabwe.

obama won the same way.

Welcome to the new world. In no time it’s all going to be Jeantels, Detroit and Chicagos, racists.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 4:13 PM

I guess it is more important to be liked by the rest of the press corp, rather than win a Pulitzer for reporting.

Tater Salad on August 5, 2013 at 4:14 PM

It’s the White House press corps. It’s the Barack Obama White House. Finally, it’s the execrable Jay Carney. Why are you even asking the question?

RebeccaH on August 5, 2013 at 4:14 PM

was the closing of dozens of ME Embassies “noise” to drown out the CNN revelation?? Ask that one, fellas…

ted c on August 5, 2013 at 4:15 PM

If a CNN scoop on Benghazi falls in the woods…….can the press corpse just merely avoid it?

BTW. Rush Limbaugh was RIGHT…his words to the GOP were that it is going to take a LOT more than CNN scooping this to get Benghazi moving.

ted c on August 5, 2013 at 4:17 PM

What’s a Benghazi?

BoxHead1 on August 5, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Morevworrief about access than telling the truth

No worries as soon as the next gop president comes along… they’ll be gnashing their teeth

cmsinaz on August 5, 2013 at 4:17 PM

When neither you nor the folks you are supposed to be reporting on disagree then no tough questions are ever asked. We do not need to see anymore proof that this regime and this press is corrupt. The bigger question is what are we going to do about it? The time for pitchforks and hot tar is long past.

neyney on August 5, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Do people really watch the daily press theater? It strikes me as an off-Broadway play that has run too many years.

Liam on August 5, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Some CNN reporters are reportedly fearful now that their access to the White House will be hampered following their probing into a story that members of the Obama administration would prefer remain uninvestigated.

Then you can go f**k yourselves as the tyranny-supporting human trash you are.

My only hope is that these people are first against the wall when such things start happening, no matter who is forcing them.

Bishop on August 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Remember CNN’s excuse for not reporting on Saddam’s bloodletting was they didn’t want to risk losing access. Such brave brave journolisters. cloppity cloppity clop….

DanMan on August 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Wow! This Benghazi story must be a big big problem for both the Progs and the GOP…

d1carter on August 5, 2013 at 4:21 PM

“I would suggest it’s not an accident that those who have been given a lot of access to the president have generally been AWOL when it comes to stories that might reflect poorly on him,”

This is a surprise? Did not CNN cop years ago to NOT reporting on Saddam Hussien’s atrocities so as “not to lose access”?

GarandFan on August 5, 2013 at 4:21 PM

That guy Ben Ghazi… He’s a thorn in the side of the thin skinned one. No questions shall be asked of the think skinned one… or else! No fancy dinners for you!

/Govern your MSM selves accordingly.

Key West Reader on August 5, 2013 at 4:21 PM

My guess is, The Obama Administration has quite a dossier on each reporter in that room and its been made clear that if they know what’s good for them they will stay on script.

portlandon on August 5, 2013 at 4:22 PM

The push back against the State Run Media hasn’t gotten personal enough…

d1carter on August 5, 2013 at 4:23 PM

The transcript of the press briefing typically isn’t posted until later in the day; I’ll update once it’s up.

does it usually read like Charlie Brown’s teacher sounds???

waugh waugh waugh waugh wahhhhh

ted c on August 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Journalism is dead, dead, dead, and it’s not even coming back as a zombie.

The Rogue Tomato on August 5, 2013 at 4:28 PM

it’s unfathomable that they wouldn’t pick up a story pushed by a major cable news net that kinda sorta hinted the CIA might have been shipping SAMs to Syrian jihadis under the radar and that the CIA is now trying to intimidate would-be leakers into silence

In all fairness, they were equally fleet-footed on Fast & Furious.

Stoic Patriot on August 5, 2013 at 4:28 PM

My guess is, The Obama Administration has quite a dossier on each reporter in that room and its been made clear that if they know what’s good for them they will stay on script.

portlandon on August 5, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Kirsten Powers slept with Carlos Danger aka The Weiner. It’s true.

Key West Reader on August 5, 2013 at 4:28 PM

CNN didnt ask about their own scoop?

faraway on August 5, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Wouldn’t it be a badge of honor to “lose access to the White House”? Couldn’t you milk that for weeks and completely embarrass the WH into giving access again because 1st amendment? There’s no downside!

Or is this just a lame excuse to not cover a story that you don’t want to cover?

jdpaz on August 5, 2013 at 4:29 PM

eunuchs, the whole lot of them…

ted c on August 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Freedom of the press doesn’t mean you have a right to defy the editorial demands of your superiors.

libfreeordie on August 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM

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rogerb on August 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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Breathtaking.

Kataklysmic on August 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM

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Wow, I missed that one.

What thread was that from?

listens2glenn on August 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Remember when the boy king and his administration started spying on The AP and other reporters and the media was going to really start getting tough with him?

Yea me either!

What a complete joke they are

lahlon on August 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Weiner has dated dozens of MSM female reporters and other influencial womenz

I keep getting booted for posting this… take a look. Very revealing.. pardon the pun.

Key West Reader on August 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

The transcript of the press briefing typically isn’t posted until later in the day; I’ll update once it’s up.

Allahpundit

does it usually read like Charlie Brown’s teacher sounds???

waugh waugh waugh waugh wahhhhh

ted c on August 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM

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That’s funny ! … : )

listens2glenn on August 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Why ask about a phony scandal???…

PatriotRider on August 5, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Radio host Laura Ingraham asked Boehner on January 24 about Senator Rand Paul’s questioning to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He asked if the secretary was aware of U.S. involvement in the procuring of weapons that were transferred, bought or sold to Turkey out of Libya. Clinton, seemingly confused, told Paul “nobody [had] ever raised” the issue with her before.

Boehner replied to Ingraham, “I’m somewhat familiar with the chatter about this and the fact that these arms were moving towards Turkey, but most of what I know about this came from a classified source and I really can’t elaborate on it.”

Boehner has refused to appoint a House Select Committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks and previously refused to support a joint Select Committee to do the same late last year.

Resist We Much on August 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM

It is clear how far the Press/Media have fallen from the standard of ‘Watchdog for the Republic’, that they put ‘themselves and their careers’ before their responsibility to THEIR COUNTRY

I believe that *Benghazi fully revealed* (and it WILL be fully uncovered, even if we have to wait until after the 2014 cleanout of Obama-enablers on both sides of the aisle) will not only decapitate the CORRUPT Obama Regime, but it will also collapse the Obama-cheerleading/enabling Media, with the general public …

… and as a result a NEW and HEALTHY Watchdog will be bred and trained to do the Guard Duty necessary to keep America free.

May it be so.

#BeClingers —————> #AmericaRISING

exodus2011 on August 5, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Hi bob jones from AP….tell me how awesome is the president with this latest terrorist scare…..

jaywemm on August 5, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I no longer get upset with our Media…..they have
been telling us for years now who they are, and what they
are about….”expecting” them to do something about any given
topic is like believing in Santa Claus…the real problem
is with any and all Republicans in Congress and the Senate.
They COULD be out there every day of the week, hammering the
hell out of this Administration….unfortunately, they continue
to do things behind closed doors…sure, they MAY get results
eventually, like 2 years from now. The Dems, when they are
not in charge, are out there doing BOTH! They Convict
Republicans in the court of Public Opinion, and they get Special
Prosecutors (Scooter Libby anyone) appointed, who drag it out
for months, allowing the media to continue to report on it.

ToddPA on August 5, 2013 at 4:44 PM

If Matt Drudge is reading this, I hope he will make this a headline tomorrow.. The government appears to be conspiring against the people or something… I dunno?

Radio host Laura Ingraham asked Boehner on January 24 about Senator Rand Paul’s questioning to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He asked if the secretary was aware of U.S. involvement in the procuring of weapons that were transferred, bought or sold to Turkey out of Libya. Clinton, seemingly confused, told Paul “nobody [had] ever raised” the issue with her before.

Boehner replied to Ingraham, “I’m somewhat familiar with the chatter about this and the fact that these arms were moving towards Turkey, but most of what I know about this came from a classified source and I really can’t elaborate on it.”

Boehner has refused to appoint a House Select Committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks and previously refused to support a joint Select Committee to do the same late last year.
Resist We Much on August 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Why.

Key West Reader on August 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

“Access is a very serious consideration when it comes to stories that could adversely impact a show, correspondent, or network’s relationship with the administration, a campaign, or any political leader,” one source with insider information told Mediaite.

“I would suggest it’s not an accident that those who have been given a lot of access to the president have generally been AWOL when it comes to stories that might reflect poorly on him,” the source, who did not wish to be identified, continued. “It’s the name of the game. And it’s bad for everyone trying to do this job the right way.”

At least they’re consistent. It’s the same response they gave about Saddam Hussein.

SouthernRoots on August 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM

What thread was that from?
 
listens2glenn on August 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM

 

Newspaper fires editor for “Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President” headline
 
http://hotair.com/archives/2013/08/01/newspaper-fires-editor-for-take-your-jobs-plan-and-shove-it-mr-president-headline/

rogerb on August 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Some CNN reporters are reportedly fearful now that their access to the White House will be hampered following their probing into a story that members of the Obama administration would prefer remain uninvestigated.

Then the very next story on EVERY CNN show (and their website) should be-”CNN Refused Access by WH.”
Complete with a “who, what, where, when and why” report. Interviews with experts. Reports on the role of the press in keeping government honest. Conjecture on what the White House may be hiding. And on and on for days at a time. Other news sources would pick it up too and the White House would be embarrassed into allowing them access again or trying to explain why they won’t.

hopeful on August 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Further, why do they feel access may be denied? It must be based on something. What happened or who said what to lead them to believe that access would be limited? That in itself is a HUGE news story.

hopeful on August 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Some CNN reporters are reportedly fearful now that their access to the White House will be hampered following their probing into a story that members of the Obama administration would prefer remain uninvestigated.

Well then, the persecution of James Rosen did what it was supposed to do.

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

It is clear now that the Watchdog for the Republic, who used to SNARL and SNAP at any and every threat it sniffed out , now obediently rolls over to have it’s belly scratched while licking the hand of the THIEVES who are daily robbing the house it ‘guards’.

This Guard Dog is mostly worthless …. all it does is eat the treats given it each day, and sleep in it’s cosy kennel at night, while standing aside, as criminals, having COME THROUGH THE GATE due to it’s utter NEGLIGENCE and COMPLICITY, continue to RUN RIOT inside the precious homestead.

Take this animal to the VET and have it PUT DOWN.

exodus2011 on August 5, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Further, why do they feel access may be denied? It must be based on something. What happened or who said what to lead them to believe that access would be limited? That in itself is a HUGE news story.

hopeful on August 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

In DC, reporting is all about access. Whenever you read about a senior administration official speaking anonymously because they are unauthorized to comment, know that for what it is. These “senior administration officials” are not whistleblowers. They speak with the full knowledge and permission of the administration.

CNN reporters are fearful that such interviews will somehow dry up leaving them with nothing to report. Especially after that stunt CNN pulled by sending Anderson Cooper pulled by pulling Christopher Stevens journal from the rubble of the Benghazi consulate at a time when the administration claimed it was too dangerous to have investigators on the ground.

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Whoa, I thought carney was 14 years old…I love when he gets all whiney and stammering, just like a pre pubescent teen caught doing something he/she should not have been doing….and I thought living through johnson, carter and Clinton was going to be the worst I had ever seen. At least Nixon stuck up for Israel. This admin takes the cake and those that voted for this need their heads examined.

crosshugger on August 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Today’s Edward R. Murrow’s – the definition of ethical, moral, and intellectual bankruptcy.

They don’t want to ask the tough questions….

….because the Administration might retaliate and limit their access…

….because they are ideological partners with the Administration and ideology trumps ethics and journalistic integrity….

….because deep down they are as narcissitic as the leader of this Administration….

….because the people who invite them to the ‘cool’ parties in DC, LA, NYC – will stop inviting them….

Imagine what would have happened to George W. Bush if he treated the press with the same level of contempt as Barack Obama does? or if Richard Nixon banned the WaPoo from the WH Press because of Woodward and Bernstein?

The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.

Athos on August 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

rogerb on August 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Breathtaking.

Kataklysmic on August 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM

To be fair to LibFree – and believe me, it pains me to do so – I think he/she/it was referring to the newspaper bosses when it wrote of “… the editorial demands of your superiors.” Not politicians.

In other words, if you want to keep your job, you gotta do whatever your boss tells you to do.

I could be wrong though.

UltimateBob on August 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

And yet people wonder why Snowden ran off to Russia and chose Greenwald as his media.

Anyone up for trying to castigate Snowdon for not sticking around and trying the State Run Media and the regular whistleblower channels?

kim roy on August 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

the media is dead; all we’ve got left is govt propaganda

burserker on August 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

“Access is a very serious consideration when it comes to stories that could adversely impact a show, correspondent, or network’s relationship with the administration, a campaign, or any political leader,”

I see. Um, wha?

socalcon on August 5, 2013 at 6:09 PM

CNN didnt ask about their own scoop?

faraway on August 5, 2013 at 4:28 PM

We’re they, perchance, asked into JugEars’ foursome?

socalcon on August 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

I don’t see an update,Allah…

socalcon on August 5, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Q And is there any concern that you’ve taken your eye off of the ball when it comes to al Qaeda — stressing for months that its core is on the path to defeat while AQAP gets stronger — when you have affiliates like the one in Benghazi where people who might be affiliated with al Qaeda pulling off the attack in Benghazi? Lindsey Graham yesterday said that al Qaeda is on steroids. That doesn’t sound like it’s on the path to defeat.

MR. CARNEY: Well, again, I think you’re confusing al Qaeda core with what we have said very clearly about the threat posed in particular by AQAP, but also affiliated organizations around the region and the world. I think that any evaluation of the actions that we’ve taken in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliated organizations over the last several years and over the life of this administration demonstrates a pretty intense focus on the fight against al Qaeda and the effort to degradeal Qaeda’s abilities and all the abilities of all the affiliated organizations.

Q The eye hasn’t been taken off the ball?

MR. CARNEY: I think any fair assessment would conclude the opposite.

Jon.

Q Jay, is there any confidence that we have enough information to disrupt whatever plot is potentially underway?

MR. CARNEY: I think we’ve told you as much as we can at this point about the intelligence that we have. I’m not in a position to discuss in any more detail our intelligence. We obviously, as I said earlier, believe that this threat is significant and it is ongoing. And for that reason, we have taken some of the action that we’ve taken. And we are obviously continuing to gather information to work with our partners and allies as we do that to combat this threat and the overall threat posed by terrorist organizations that wish us harm.

Define ‘fair’ please.

‘At this point’– move along, nothing to see here.

socalcon on August 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

This is exactly the kind of government corruption libfreeordie was warning us about as a result of Citizens v United! This is what happens when the media is controlled by corporations! /sarc

gwelf on August 5, 2013 at 6:19 PM

rogerb on August 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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Breathtaking.

Kataklysmic on August 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM

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To be fair to LibFree – and believe me, it pains me to do so – I think he/she/it was referring to the newspaper bosses when it wrote of “… the editorial demands of your superiors.” Not politicians.

In other words, if you want to keep your job, you gotta do whatever your boss tells you to do.

I could be wrong though.

UltimateBob on August 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

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Media “bosses” are (unelected) politicians.

listens2glenn on August 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM

What thread was that from?

listens2glenn on August 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM

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Newspaper fires editor for “Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President” headline

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/08/01/newspaper-fires-editor-for-take-your-jobs-plan-and-shove-it-mr-president-headline/

rogerb on August 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

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Thanks.

listens2glenn on August 5, 2013 at 6:33 PM

I’d give anything for five minutes with that smarmy little creep.

ultracon on August 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Did anyone ask Carney about CNN’s Benghazi bombshell at today’s press briefing?

Why bother? They won’t get an answer anyway. Besides, the fawning LSM isn’t going to really push any issue that makes Dear Leader or Shrillary (or any Dem come to think of it) look bad.

Let’s say they did. How many Americans would really understand what the story meant or even care?

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship. Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it. The Tyranny has begun the enemy is us.

jpcpt03 on August 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Lapdog press corpse.

Jaibones on August 6, 2013 at 6:43 AM