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Carney to Reporters: “Do Your Jobs and Report on Context!”

White House press Secretary Jay Carney today lectured reporters how to do their jobs, suggesting they had failed to place in the proper context President’s Obama’s remarks Friday about the private sector “doing fine.”

Carney was answering a question by Ben Feller of the Associated Press, not normally known as a bomb thrower. This testiness will get him nowhere with the press, which is still deeply in love with President Obama but which can be convinced to start toughening its coverage of the president if it feels insulted enough.

Feller’s question was predicated on the obvious notion that this is just the type of statement the White House would seize upon and use to attack an opponent.

In fact, that’s exactly what the Obama campaign did in 2008.

Carney, whose job as press secretary is specifically to distort reality by creating false contexts, was promoting the White House line that somehow the other things Obama said in his remarks Friday change the very clear meaning of something he said twice, which was that the private sector is okay.

Obama’s point was not at all to say, as the smoke being blown up by the White House means to suggest, that it is only doing fine in comparison to the public sector. What Obama was trying to do was highlight the number of jobs that have been created by the private sector and carve that out as a “good news” message designed to make people think that businesses under Obama are doing quite well with respect to hiring.

HIS WHOLE POINT WAS TO SAY THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS DOING FINE. He specifically did not say “compared to the public sector,” because that would have diluted his message.

Of course, the most lefty of Obama’s allies in the media have begun parroting the the “context” defense.

The more the White House tries to explain this and reverse it, the worse it will be for them. “I was taken out of context” is about the oldest excuse in the Book of Excuses. They need to take the hit and move on.

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45 Responses to Carney to Reporters: “Do Your Jobs and Report on Context!”

    • No, justavet. It is a Sociopath who lies without conscience. But he may have a touch of psychosis, ie. hearing voices in his head (telling him what to lie about today.) Except they may be REAL voices.

    • They would be scared to disrespect a white person like Nixon or someone. The answers to the questions that the press come in to ask everyday are easy to find on the internet. They should do a little research instead of trying to insult everones intelligence. I have bveen noticing that for like 18 months and President Obama makes millions of dollars for every news company in America but do you thibnk they would have a bit of courtesy and try not to insult our President Obama. I have never seen press and media who are so totally insulting and appalling. They are so very racist because never has any president ever had to deal with such cruel crude disrespect on top of all of the other severe dreadful attacks in our country’s society on him too. they should point out that he has been doing wonderful work in all areas and aspects of his job but instead they try to add a heap of junk. I don’t even have a degree but i see a lot of racism in the press and media toward our President Obama. I’m no dummy . Never has the media been so unkind to any President ever. He has been doing ten times the work of any President ever inthe united states. They try to hide that Fact from the public while they pretend not to know..

      • Look! Our favorite troll is back! So glad you’ve come back to spew your own form of racism at us! Hold on a minute while I get my raincoat and umbrella.

      • “Disrespect” is a verb only in the ghetto.

        “Be disrespectful of” or “show disrespect to,” but not “They disrespect the President.”

        Interesting how obsessed the ghetto dwellers are with the issue of respect. If you want respect, behave in such a way that respect is created in those who observe you. Obama and Carney Barker and the rest of the clown crew could learn from this suggestion.

        As for the racism of your post, dance, troll, dance.

        • Hmm, DCinnamin’s posts are usually very wacky and incoherent ramblings. This one isn’t her usual style at all. It looks like a cut and paste job from somewhere. the Dems are probably pasting it all over conservative sites.

  1. That clip was a lot funnier than the SNL skit.
    It’s getting harder and harder to get riled about the ridiculous spin or flimsy evasions of everyone connected with this administration.
    A Presidential press conference with nothing to say and a presser with the Presidential spokesman who wishes to fashion dribs of information as newsworthy pronouncements is getting beyond boring and into the irrevelant stratosphere.
    MrO has taken the spoken word of the POTUS to a mind-numbing stupor only relieved by some revelation of how he really thinks.

  2. Jay, Political Con-Carne – Master Faux Chef, concocts a recipe totally out of magic beans. More recipes at “American Groan”.

  3. the press could start “toughening its coverage of the president if it feels insulted enough”…???
    REALLY? that could happen…? what would it take to ‘insult’ the press?

    • Apparently getting ditched to break bread with the Hollyweird elite isn’t enough to insult them. Maybe they’re all suffering from abused wife’s syndrome.

    • I could come in to the press room and do my topless stripper routine everyday on Carney’s stage front and center to illustate their low life mentality and insult them back, while Carney won’t even flinch for a response to me. I Love Carney’s intense Respect fore our superwonderful President Barack Obama who also would not bat an eye at me nude, not even for one second. The Others would all get what they deserve if I yelled at them for a few minutes. They would be scared to disrespect a white person like Nixon or someone. The answers to the questions that the press come in to ask everyday are easy to find on the internet. They should do a little research instead of trying to insult everones intelligence. I have been noticing that for like 18 months and President Obama makes millions of dollars for every news company in America but do you think they would have a bit of courtesy and try not to insult our President Obama. I have never seen press and media who are so totally insulting and appalling. They are so very racist because never has any president ever had to deal with such cruel crude disrespect on top of all of the other severe dreadful attacks in our country’s society on him too. They should point out that he has been doing wonderful work in all areas and aspects of his job but instead they try to add a heap of junk. I don’t even have a degree but i see a lot of racism in the press and media toward our President Obama. I’m no dummy . Never has the media been so unkind to any President ever. He has been doing ten times the work of any President ever inthe united states. They try to hide that Fact from the public while they pretend not to know how wonderful he is. Then they miseducate the public with confusing bitter statements. How do they look in the mirror each day? God Almighty has sent us one of his best christlike Leaders ever in this United States, he is President Barack Obama.

      • And it is even funnier the second time around! Thank you for including your profession this time, it puts it ALL into perspective. (I hope I haven’t used words that are too big for you to understand, honey. Bless your heart.)

  4. This gaffe was an EPIC FAIL: I put this in the same level of Prez Ford’s “There are no oppressed people living in Eastern Europe” comment back in the 70s.
    FAIL: Obama thinks 8.2 unemployment is fine.
    FAIL: Obama thinks cancelling or delaying programs like the F-22 fighter program, NASA’s Constellation program, and Keystone pipeline is fine.
    FAIL: Obama thinks trusting Putin is fine
    FAIL: Obama thinks throwing money at poorly-run companies owned by campaign bundlers is fine.
    FAIL: Obama thinks supporting the Muslim Brotherhood is fine.
    FAIL: Obama thinks his WH internal security is leakproof and is therefore, fine
    This president is like the class nitwit who thinks getting one point above the cutoff for a F is fine.

  5. And did I hear Jay Carney say that firefighters, teachers and police officers are “private sector”?…. UH, no, Jay, they are NOT. Someone please correct me, if I misspoke.

  6. Obama never walked back what he said about the private section being fine. The fraudster does think the private sector is fine; it’s the public sector that is hurting. He has all his toadies in the press trying to defend that ridiculous position too…
    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-says-private-sector-doing-fine-113307129.html

    The Carney Barker’s last statement was very revealing…
    “Again I..I would say that our general position is we’re for uhhh truthful, factual, accurate reporting [if] it’s done in context.” ~ The Carney Barker

    Reminds me of another guy who was worried about context…
    “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If the–if he–if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not–that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement….Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.” ~ Slick Willie

  7. Another ham-handed Obama Administrtion remark and pathetic attempt to “walk it back”!!! That should be the slogan for this administration. It’s one dumb statement after another, and the press is beginning (well, a little) to realize tha have been “had”. How long will it take the enablers to admit this rality? They can’t all be in Dry-Drunk-Denial, can they?

  8. Sorry for the sloppy typing on last post. I am just so mad at this administration, and now we have the Holder contemptuous in-your-face- catch -me -if -you- can conduct in the office of Attorney General in the JD. It’s got to be exposed!

  9. The private sector is doing fine, the problem is in state and local governments having to lay off people. So riddle me this: if the job problem is within the state and local levels, then why is WaPo reporting today that American wealth has dropped nearly 40% in the last three years? (http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/fed-americans-wealth-dropped-40-percent/2012/06/11/gJQAlIsCVV_story.html)

    If the job creation problem is only within the government sector, how does the administration account for the worst decline in over all wealth by Americans, and primarily the middle class? I can’t imagine that the loss of state and local government jobs would have impacted the downward spiral that much.

    Further, state and local governments are having to lay off employees, but that is directly due to decreased revenues (taxes) due to a shrinking economy and flat growth. The answers are obvious to anyone with one shred of honesty in their body, but for Carney and Company that had to be checked at the vetting process.

    • Boy howdy the left is out in force in the comment section on that article. They’re blaming every Republican from Ronald Reagan to Romney for the current state of the economy. They are beyond delusional.

  10. Off topic. Apologies. About the WH leaks. There was in the reporting of the leaks some reference to Obama consulting Thomas Aquinas in an attempt to shroud Obama as a kind of philosopher king when immersing himself in the kill list. Jonah Goldberg found that particularly hard to swallow on Brett Baier’s show. Krauthammer who maintains the links came from inside the WH , unless there was a plumber fixing the sink or a pizza delivery guy in the room , then suggested that it was most likely the pizza delivery guy or the plumber off in the corner who saw Obama reading Aquinas. My retelling of this is horrible as is my joke telling, but it was funny so I hope some of you caught it.

    • The Friday before the Wisconsin election he campaigned from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Chicago, Illinois attending a record six fundraisers in one day. His campaign jet…err AF1 flew right over Wisconsin that day. The night before the election he jetted off to New York for three fundraisers. Yeah right…he was too busy with all his important governing duties. How do you like him now Wisconsin union suckers?

  11. The Scott Walker victory has obviously driven Obama and his flunkies careening off the rails! Wouldn’t you think that, after one of the worst weeks in Presidential history, they would take a breather and retreat to a remote cave somewhere in Afghanistan to lick their wounds and regroup? Not these imbeciles-they just keep digging! After squandering $1T on his union thugs and bankrupt blue states – he has one arrow left in his quiver – the Jobs Bill. The day after Walker’s victory he revived his battle cry of the past year – Pass This Bill! The only sound from the Democrat-led Senate was the crickets chirping.

    Buh-bye Buh-Rock!!!

    Bureau of Labor Statistics – May 2012

    May Unemployment Rates
    Govt. workers: 4.2%
    Mfg. 7.2%
    Leisure/Hospitality: 9.7%
    Construction: 14.2%
    National Average: 8.2%

    Nearly 23M Government Workers
    900.000 Unemployed

  12. The answers to the questions that the pess come in to ask are easy to find on the internet. They should do a little research instead of trying to insult everones intelligence. I have bveen noticing that for like 18 months and President Obama makes millions of dollars for every news company in America but do you thibnk they would have a bit of courtesy anf try not to insult our President Obama. I have never seen press and media who are so totally insulting and appalling. They are so very racist because never has any president ever had to deal with such cruel crude disrespect on top of all of the other sever dreadful attacks in our country’s society on him too. they should point out that he has been doing wonderful workin all areas and aspects of his job but instead they try to add a heap of junk. I don’t even have a degree but i see a lot of racism in the press and media toward our President Obama. I’m no dummy . Never has the media been so unkind to any President ever. He has been doing ten times the work of any President ever inthe united states. They try to hide that Fact from the public while they pretend not to know..

    • And a third time… and it just keeps getting funnier!! TEN TIMES the work… your right, those golf games are hard, all that time riding around in a cart… Whacking balls… Whew! I am tired just thinking about it!

  13. Report on the content, like, Yeah, the war on Libya was wrong but BO’s heart is in the right place from M. Moore.
    Report the news in the context of what we tell you is news.

  14. The context was correct and Obummer meant exactly what he said only he shouldn’t have shared those thoughts with the public. The private sector is shrinking which was his plan from the outset. Increase the size, scope and intrusion of the federal government which increases the public dependency upon it which in turn helps to keep him and his cronies in power. He may go down one of the most clueless presidents in recent history.