Jay Carney: The toughest interview Obama had in 2012 was with … Jon Stewart

posted at 7:21 pm on April 17, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via RCP, think of it. In an election year, by his press secretary’s own admission, the most hard-hitting interview of a sitting president of the United States was conducted by a guy whose show used to follow a show about puppets making crank calls. I wonder if Carney intended this as a giant middle finger to the White House press corps or it just ended up that way while he was focused on pushing his real agenda, namely, denying seasoned reporters more access to Obama. The White House is already spare with that, preferring to do sitdowns with Zach Galifianakis and “Pimp With a Limp” because those people can give them a pipeline to key constituencies in a way that, say, Jake Tapper or Sharyl Attkisson can’t. The more the White House can convince the public that comedians and entertainers are fair substitutes for real reporters, the more they can justify bypassing those reporters and sticking to comedians and entertainers — nearly all of whom, let’s face it, are Obama sympathizers.

But then, so are most of the “impartial” newsmen who’ve interviewed him so let’s not complain too much. Ask yourself: When was the last time you saw a professional journalist get something really interesting out of O during a conversation? Why wouldn’t Stewart, whose job requires him to follow the news closely every day, ask questions that are as challenging as the average reporter’s? To believe otherwise is to agree, implicitly, with the media’s pretense that what it does requires an exalted skill that’s beyond the layman’s grasp. Stewart, frankly, enjoys a freedom that most big-media reporters don’t — he can afford to irritate the White House with tough questions because he knows they covet his young audience and they’re naturally loath to antagonize a guy who gets paid to goof on people in power. (Mostly conservative people in power, but not always.) If you’re Joe Schmo from Reuters, embarrassing O in a tough interview might cost you or your agency your sources in the White House. If you’re Jon Stewart, you can relax knowing that Joe Biden or Michelle Obama or whoever will be back later this year to make the GOTV pitch to twentysomethings on your show. Same goes, say, for Spanish-language media — which is far deeper in the tank for Obama than Stewart is. As American media fragments, politicians will find they get more electoral bang for their buck in dealing with key niche providers than in dealing with mass media. This is one byproduct of that.


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A comedy show has more spine than the complicit media.

rbj on April 17, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Tells you what a land of idiots, in the majority, the USA has become.

Media, you whores in obama’s azz, may you all suffocate. It ain’t Beluga caviar, you incredibly derelict fools.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Toughest question Obama has ever been asked:

“Did you plug the hole yet, daddy?”

BobMbx on April 17, 2014 at 7:33 PM

I can believe it. But then “toughest” is such a relative term.

Mitoch55 on April 17, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Journalism died during the W Bush years.

Where are the adults?

portlandon on April 17, 2014 at 7:35 PM

The fact that the ‘seasoned’ reporters you mention are far deeper in tank for Barry than that clown Stewart tells you all you need to know.

DeweyWins on April 17, 2014 at 7:35 PM

The more the White House can convince the public that comedians and entertainers are fair substitutes for real reporters, the more they can justify bypassing those reporters and sticking to comedians and entertainers — nearly all of whom, let’s face it, are Obama sympathizers.

Indeed, and the obamas are the national clowns.

A bigger circus the land never was.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Same goes, say, for Spanish-language media — which is far deeper in the tank for Obama than Stewart is

“tank” in this case is culo.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Minorities, women and young idiots, obama hates you all.

He only needs your votes, you imbeciles. He uses/abuses you all.

Which one of you is better off under obama, I triple dare you?

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Must have been tough to figure out who got to wear the clown nose.

Flange on April 17, 2014 at 7:49 PM

On topic

Hillary Clinton Will Soon Be Grandmother

Chelsea Clinton announced her pregnancy.

The 16-week-old fetus has been signed to a six-figure deal to host a new MSNBC show.

Chelsea has reported it kicking, for which the unborn child has received a Walter Cronkite Excellence in Journalism award.

I didn’t care about the “Chelsea is pregnant” storyline — who can keep up with our useless princelings? — until I saw the Drudge headline, “Grandma Hillary.”

Does this help her or hurt her?

Posted by: Ace at 05:55 PM

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Why not Stewart. King Barack’s administration has been one big comedy act since Day One.

GarandFan on April 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

That’s just funny, insulting the very people who lost whatever professional integrity to carry this man’s water.

Cindy Munford on April 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Jay Carney: The toughest interview Obama had in 2012 was with … Jon Stewart

Well it sure as hell wasn’t the second Presidential Debate where Crowley the Hutt acutally put down her bucket of extra crispy to sit in Obama’s lap while she moderated the discussion of foreign affairs.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Toughest question Obama has ever been asked:

“Did you plug the hole yet, daddy?”

BobMbx on April 17, 2014 at 7:33 PM

I disagree. The toughest question Obama has ever been asked was by the reporter who dared ask him how granting de-facto amnesty to a bunch of young illegals helped jobless Americans and American students.

He was reduced to a full temper tantrum.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Makes you wonder, what is comedy. See Aristotle.

Hiiiiiyeeeee!

DemetriusPhalerum on April 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

…Jay the clown…doesn’t know his arse from his hole!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2014 at 9:26 PM

I bet Billy O is seething. haha!

cptacek on April 17, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Stewart who doesn’t use his given name… Getting tough on a guy who has used a couple of names himself……Slim Shadys all…………peas in a pod

FlaMurph on April 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

cptacek on April 17, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Bonus!

Cindy Munford on April 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Toughest question Obama has ever been asked:

“Did you plug the hole yet, daddy?”

I tried but your mother still manages to keep talking.

tangoecho5 on April 18, 2014 at 4:25 PM