Jay Carney defends boss’ ‘lie of the year’: Year-end lists are ‘always fun’

White House press secretary Jay Carney was – once again – put in a position of defending his boss, this time for earning the distinction of Politifact’s “Lie of the Year,” saying year-end lists are “always fun.”

Politifact announced Thursday that President Obama’s statement that Americans can keep their health plan of choice was so wrong, the political fact-checking organization crowned it the “Lie of the Year.”

At Friday’s press briefing, CNN’s Brianna Keilar asked Carney if the White House or Obama worried the false promise would be “cemented in history.”

“As you know, the president in an interview, earlier this fall, took this question head on and expressed his concern for those individuals,” Carney said. “Those Americans who received cancellation notices and were potentially adversely impacted by or affected by that, and took action to encourage states and state insurance commissioners to allow those who wanted to stay on existing plans to stay on them longer. So I think he’s, in a very honest way, addressed this question.”


“End-of-the-year categorizations like that are always fun, even when they don’t jive with past characterizations of the same exact statement,” he said.

Carney referred back to the talking points, saying, “But, we’re focused on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.”

Watch Carney’s explanation here via Real Clear Politics:


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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • David R Rigby

    Hey, Jay, when you try to defend the indefensible you appear quite pathetic. For the cause of your own self respect you should quit this turkey and get a real job if you can even find anyone to hire you…

  • Opinionated_Vogon

    lol Politifact is late to the party, as usual. My parody video exposed Obama’s lie of the year, and mine is much funnier!

    Hitler’s health insurance is cancelled


    You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll thank me!



  • Tony Baker

    Well Bless His Heart

  • Terry

    Jay…you are a liar too!

  • Doug

    With politicians the list would be endless.

  • Michael Nappi

    A professional liar, hired to lie about lies made by an administration that is based on lies and designed to destroy the nation that it lies about representing

  • JOEL714

    No one can defend the deliberate lies and misleading statements from that black bastard obullshit

  • reinhold