Carney: On second thought, reporters, your questions are teh awesome
posted at 1:01 pm on May 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Looks like Obama’s comms team realized that Jay Carney’s jaw-dropping accusation against Major Garrett and the rest of the White House press corps of being birtheresque for asking about scandals in the administration went over like a lead balloon. After being discovered snooping on the AP and accusing James Rosen of being a co-conspirator in espionage for what used to be called “reporting” in DC, the White House needs to snuggle back up to the briefing-room denizens. Carney came out yesterday with a much different attitude, according to The Hill:
The White House admitted Wednesday that its handling of information about three big simultaneous scandals has produced justifiable press frustration and suspicion.
After tense and combative press briefings on Monday and Tuesday, press secretary Jay Carney took a different tack Wednesday, acknowledging there were “legitimate criticisms about how we’re handling this.”
Will that convince the press corps to lighten up? Don’t bet on it:
Carney has been skewered over the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups; the Department of Justice’s subpoenaing of phone records and labeling of Fox News reporter James Rosen as a criminal co-conspirator; and the administration’s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
“They’re two steps away from causing harm to themselves,” said Tobe Berkovitz, a professor of communications at Boston University. “They’re digging themselves a pretty big hole, and the real question is, ‘Is Obama going to fall into it?’ ”
I think they’ve already fallen into it. They just haven’t learned the First Rule of Holes.
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