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Carney: On second thought, reporters, your questions are teh awesome

posted at 1:01 pm on May 23, 2013 by

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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More donuts STAT!

geojed on May 23, 2013 at 1:08 PM

“They’re two steps away from causing harm to themselves,” said Tobe Berkovitz, a professor of communications at Boston University.

That ship has long since past.

BigGator5 on May 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM

It’s so nice to see lovers kiss and make up after a little spat. It brings a tear to my eye.

Dr. Frank Enstine on May 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM

the First Rule of Holes

That is funny stuff! “this president has reached rock bottom and has started to dig”???

teejk on May 23, 2013 at 1:47 PM

At this point on cockpit voice recorders, the transcripts usually mention the stick-shaker sound and the “PULL UP!” warnings.

DarthBrooks on May 23, 2013 at 1:50 PM

So no hugging and crying with promises of always being faithful to each other then?

SGinNC on May 23, 2013 at 1:52 PM

The majority will take him back with open arms. The media is becoming like the battered wife in an abusive marriage. All the media wants is Obama to tell them he loves them…and they’ll believe it.

MadisonConservative on May 23, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Obamas First Rule Of Holes:

Keep digging, blame somebody else.

MichaelGabriel on May 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

RESET

BobMbx on May 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Obamas 2nd Rule Of Holes:

The deeper the hole the more people you can fit under the bus!

geojed on May 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM

So this means that heckler vs. the POTUS today will be cheered on by Carney, yes?

(Why, no, I’m not hold my breath. Why do you ask?)

apostic on May 23, 2013 at 3:39 PM

I think they’ve already fallen into it. They just haven’t learned the First Rule of Holes.

That’s been obvious to all of us listening to Obama declare, time and time again, that he’s going to dig us out of this recession. The poor sap just isn’t shovel ready, and never will be.

CitizenEgg on May 23, 2013 at 3:39 PM

The poor sap just isn’t shovel ready, and never will be.
CitizenEgg on May 23, 2013 at 3:39 PM

“SHOVEL READY WAS NOT AS… UH… SHOVEL-READY AS WE EXPECTED” Obama 2011

Still one of the most astounding statements from any president, ever.

And he still got re-elected.

Marcola on May 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Keep digging but, be sure there are enough bodies to stand on when you realize you need out.

rebekahhuang on May 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

“They’re digging themselves a pretty big hole, and the real question is, ‘Is Obama going to fall into it?’ ”

As has already been noted above, the O-dministration considers this a feature not a bug. Of course Obama is not going to fall into the hole because he has been in it from the start, directing its construction via Jedi mind-meld. Well, he said he was going to go after some shovel ready jobs, didn’t he? Well, there you go.

Next stop – the tech sector. ‘Cause he need to find out how a laser beam focuses, so he can focus like one on the needs of the middle class. After four and one-half years. Or something.

dissent555 on May 23, 2013 at 11:13 PM