The White House press corps is all atwitter over the temerity of a high school intern to dare ask a pointed question.
During Wednesday’s press briefing, Gabe Finger, a 16-year-old intern for the Daily Caller, asked White House press secretary Jay Carney whether the president intends to take any action to protect the Zimmermans in light of the many death threats the family has received since the jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Carney let out a short laugh and claimed he was unaware of any such threats: “Well, I think I would refer you to Florida authorities. I’m not aware of that story. But, you know, the president has called for echoing the statements of Trayvon Martin’s family — for calm and reflection in the wake of the verdict. And that continues to be his position. He certainly would oppose any violence.”
“So they’re on their own?” Finger pressed in his follow up.
“You can editorialize all you want, and I have no doubt that you will, but that is a ridiculous statement,” Carney fired back as reporters in the room laughed.
In a report on the exchange, Daily Caller shared that ABC News reported on Monday that Zimmerman and his parents have remained in hiding since the verdict due to ”an enormous amount of death threats.”
The report also noted that President Obama released a statement on Sunday calling on the country to honor Trayvon Martin’s memory but made no mention of Zimmerman.
Daily Caller co-founders Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel commented on the controversy surrounding what some are calling “Intern-Gate”:
Some reporters in Washington are asking why The Daily Caller sent our intern Gabe Finger to the White House press briefing this afternoon. Talk about missing the point. The real question is, why did it take a 16-year-old intern to raise an obvious and important question that the White House press corps should have asked days ago?
We don’t care how old Gabe Finger is. It doesn’t matter to us what his credentials are. All we care about is how well he does his job. Today he did it a lot better than most White House reporters.
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