Jay Carney skewered by WH press as he refuses to discuss latest scandal

A new week, a new scandal, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is in the hot seat again. Carney refused to discuss Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee at the center of the National Security Agency firestorm, but said numerous times that the president “welcomed debate” on these issues.

Carney said from the beginning of the briefing that he wouldn’t comment on the development, and didn’t even mention Snowden’s name.

“There is obviously an investigation underway into this matter, and for that reason, I cannot discuss specifically this individual or this investigation,” Carney said. “Nor would I characterize the president’s view on an individual or an ongoing investigation.”

But Carney did say repeatedly that the issue was appropriate for public debate, and that it was a debate worth having, and the president welcomes a debate.

In fact, he mentioned “debate” so many times, Huffington Post compiled some of those statements together in a video that’s almost comical.

CBS News correspondent Major Garrett grilled Carney on the fact that “the debate would not be happening unless there would have been a leak.”

Fox News Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry hammered Carney on Obama’s claim on Friday that “every member of Congress” had been briefed on the NSA’s program, while several members were coming forward saying they knew nothing about it the monitoring of phone calls and Internet service.

Carney’s most memorable line of the afternoon speaking about the president:

“This is not the manner by which he’d hoped to have this debate,” Carney said.

Watch the Carney shuffle via Hot Air here.

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
Cheryl Carpenter Klimek


5 thoughts on “Jay Carney skewered by WH press as he refuses to discuss latest scandal

  1. How is this man able to sleep at night?????

  2. Sandi Trusso says:

    The Patriot Act was never to involve all Americans, it was only for targeting specific terror suspects! The fear of all Americans, even those of us who supported the Patriot Act, was that it would be abused by a future President, by invading the Constitutional Right to privacy of every American. …. and now here it is under Obama. It seems like if there's anything that's unconstitutional, or taking our rights and freedoms away, you will always find Obama involved somewhere.

  3. Arthur Olsen says:

    I think Obama should be 1. Impeached 2. He lies 3. He knows what going on 4. We all know He is a Muslim for him to bow down to a King and kiss his hand. 5 For his wife to go on Vacation all over the world with Tax payers money when there are so meany out of work. There are those who are losing there homes.

    Would like his idiot go away with all his media friends.

    He wants to change our Constitution to take God out of every thing.

    Obama supports this Muslim Brother hood wish supports Radical Islamist Terrorist. So Impeach him you who are in Congress, do it soon.

  4. Kenneth Clark says:

    Like his immediate supervisor, double talk is the rank and file response to any question posed and if the question posed has a requirement of a definitive answer, it is simply ignored or pushed aside. No one in this Administration has the where with all to even consider honesty or God forbid the "Transparency" promised. Mr. O, his family and his Appointed have utilized the resources of our country for nothing more than a joy ride for their own benefit.

    Now if these questions would have been posed to Mrs. O, we very likely would have seen an episosode of the Big O arrogance and in you face, literally, disdane they all have toward anyone who would dare question them in any way.

  5. Tish says:

    We have been infiltrated and there are not enough honorable Americans with the ability to shine a light on this takeover. Thank you Mr. Snowden ..you are one shining beacon in a fog of lies & tyranny…the fact you fled is of no significance..you are still able to enlighten those who care as to what this regime is doing to…FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE AMERICA..had you not fled..you would be in a solitary cell..just as Mr Manning was..for over a year..If there are any patriots left’ who have the ability to GET THE TRUTH OUT..please know…We need you..Your country needs you..we need the spark to ignite the masses ..other than that..we will all go down together.

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