Posted: July 22, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News, White House | Tags: Donald Trump, media, New York, New York Post, news, Newspapers, Sean Spicer, Tabloid, White House Communications, White House Press Secretary
Posted: March 23, 2017 Filed under: History, Mediasphere, Think Tank | Tags: Adam Schiff, Alexander Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton: The Illustrated Biography, American Revolution, George Washington, President of the United States, Richard Sylla, The Federalist Papers, Washington's Birthday, White House Press Secretary
The life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton
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An immigrant born on the island of Nevis in the West Indies, he was George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolution and wrote many of the Federalist Papers, which helped to establish the Constitution. He also modernized the country’s fledgling finances and was an early abolitionist.
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Posted: March 7, 2017 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Fox Business, George W. Bush, James Comey, Jeff Sessions, Judicial Watch, Michael Flynn, Sally Yates, Trump Tower (New York City), United States Department of Justice, video, White House Press Secretary
Judicial Watch director Christopher Farrell on why the organization is suing U.S. intelligence agencies over leaks of classified information about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
(Washington DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the United States Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury regarding records related to the investigation of retired United States Army Lieutenant General Michel Flynn’s communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (Judicial Watch v. Central Intelligence Agency et al. (No.1:17-cv-00397)). (The National Security Agency refused to confirm or deny the existence of intelligence records about communications between Gen. Flynn and Amb Kislyak.)
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the agencies failed to respond to a January 25, 2017, FOIA request seeking:
Any and all records regarding, concerning, or related to the investigation of retired Gen. Michael Flynn’s communications with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak between October 1, 2016 and the present.
This request includes, but is not limited to, any and all related warrants, affidavits, declarations, or similar records regarding the aforementioned investigation.
For purposes of clarification, please find enclosed a CNN report regarding the investigation, which cites information that was provided to CNN by members of the Intelligence Community.
The officials all stressed that so far there has been no determination of any wrongdoing.
FBI and intelligence officials briefed members of the Obama White House team before President Barack Obama left office about the Flynn calls to the Russian ambassador, sources said.
“President Trump is on to something. The Obama-connected wiretapping and illegal leaks of classified material concerning President Trump and General Flynn are a scandal,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Judicial Watch aims to get to the truth about these crimes and we hope the Trump administration stands with us in the fight for transparency.”
The officials all stressed that so far there has been no determination of any wrongdoing.
FBI and intelligence officials briefed members of the Obama White House team before President Barack Obama left office about the Flynn calls to the Russian ambassador, sources said. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 4, 2017 Filed under: Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Democratic Party (United States), Donald Trump, Obama administration, Rex Tillerson, RUSSIA, United States, United States Department of Justice, White House, White House Press Secretary
The Obama administration has been the most lawless in U.S. history. Here are just a few examples to prove it. And these are doozies…. (read more)
Posted: January 16, 2017 Filed under: Censorship, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Family of Barack Obama, Josh Earnest, President of the United States, RUSSIA, White House, White House Press Secretary
‘Everyone should be ashamed’
Peter Hasson reports: The end of Barack Obama’s eight years in office combined with an incoming Trump administration has liberal journalists placing a renewed importance on holding elected officials accountable.
In an article published Monday, Politico’s Jack Shafer argues that Donald Trump has made reporters “free” to cover the presidency in a more aggressively critical manner than they did during previous administrations.
Reporters, Shafer says, “ought to start thinking of covering Trump’s Washington like a war zone.”
“Witness how many publications are selling subscriptions by promising to ‘hold Trump accountable,’” Shafer adds later, arguing that “It’s not winter that’s coming with the inauguration of Trump. It’s journalistic spring.”
[Read the full story here, at The Daily Caller]
Liberal media members on Twitter received Shafer’s rediscovery of journalistic purpose with enthusiastic applause.
“Hear, hear! Has there ever been a more interesting time to be a reporter?” Politico’s Josh Dawsey cheered.
Clara Jeffrey, editor-in-chief of the left-wing Mother Jones, wrote: “Yes: Cover Trump admin the way you would a war zone.”
The New York Times’ Timothy Egan called Shafer’s article a “Great call to arms,” adding: “A journalistic spring under Trump if press can regain its indy soul.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 22, 2016 Filed under: Breaking News, Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: Addison Russell, Barack Obama, Bill Murray, Chicago Cubs, Jon Lester, Josh Earnest, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, White House, White House Press Secretary
Talking up the Chicago Cubs, the Hollywood star wanders into the press briefing Room just after White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest had finished his daily briefing.
Actor Bill Murray sporting a Chicago Cubs jacket and cap talks during a brief visit in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Murray is in Washington to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
Posted: October 14, 2016 Filed under: Breaking News, Global, Mediasphere, Politics, Russia, Science & Technology, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, CIA, Cyber Attack, Cyber Crime, Cyberwarfare, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, NBC News, United States Congress, White House, White House Press Secretary
CIA Prepping for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia
William M. Arkin, Ken Dilanian, and Robert Windrem report: The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.
Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the situation say the CIA has been asked to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging “clandestine” cyber operation designed to harass and “embarrass” the Kremlin leadership.
The sources did not elaborate on the exact measures the CIA was considering, but said the agency had already begun opening cyber doors, selecting targets and making other preparations for an operation. Former intelligence officers told NBC News that the agency had gathered reams of documents that could expose unsavory tactics by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Vice President Joe Biden told “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd on Friday that “we’re sending a message” to Putin and that “it will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact.”
When asked if the American public will know a message was sent, the vice president replied, “Hope not.”
Retired Admiral James Stavridis told NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden that the U.S. should attack Russia’s ability to censor its internal internet traffic and expose the financial dealings of Putin and his associates.
“It’s well known that there’s great deal of offshore money moved outside of Russia from oligarchs,” he said. “It would be very embarrassing if that was revealed, and that would be a proportional response to what we’ve seen” in Russia’s alleged hacks and leaks targeting U.S. public opinion.
Sean Kanuck, who was until this spring the senior U.S. intelligence official responsible for analyzing Russian cyber capabilities, said not mounting a response would carry a cost.
“If you publicly accuse someone,” he said, “and don’t follow it up with a responsive action, that may weaken the credible threat of your response capability.”
President Obama will ultimately have to decide whether he will authorize a CIA operation. Officials told NBC News that for now there are divisions at the top of the administration about whether to proceed.
Two former CIA officers who worked on Russia told NBC News that there is a long history of the White House asking the CIA to come up with options for covert action against Russia, including cyber options — only to abandon the idea.
“We’ve always hesitated to use a lot of stuff we’ve had, but that’s a political decision,” one former officer said. “If someone has decided, `We’ve had enough of the Russians,’ there is a lot we can do. Step one is to remind them that two can play at this game and we have a lot of stuff. Step two, if you are looking to mess with their networks, we can do that, but then the issue becomes, they can do worse things to us in other places.”
Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 18, 2016 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Diplomacy, Global, Mediasphere, War Room, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Cash, Cinema of the United States, Crime, Hostages, Iran, Josh Earnest, media, news, Obama administration, Quid pro quo, Ransom, State Department, The Wall Street Journal, United States, United States Department of Justice, United States Department of State, video, White House Press Secretary
The State Department admitted Thursday that the US would not hand over $400 million in cash to Iran until it released four American hostages — two weeks after President Obama insisted the payment was not a “ransom.”
State Department spokesman John Kirby was asked at Thursday’s press briefing: “In basic English, you’re saying you wouldn’t give them $400 million in cash until the prisoners were released, correct?”
“That’s correct,” Kirby replied.
In an Aug. 4 press conference, President Obama said the opposite.
“We do not pay ransom. We didn’t here, and we won’t in the future,” the president told reporters, speaking of the Jan. 17 payment and hostage release.
Families “know we have a policy that we don’t pay ransom. And the notion that we would somehow start now, in this high-profile way, and announce it to the world, even as we’re looking in the faces of other hostage families whose loved ones are being held hostage, and saying to them ‘We don’t pay ransom,’ defies logic,” Obama added at the time. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 10, 2016 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Josh Earnest, President of the United States, The Pantsuit Report, White House, White House Press Secretary
White House press secretary Josh Earnest insisted that President Obama’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton will not sway the ongoing FBI investigation into Clinton.
The statement came after Obama released a video endorsing Clinton for president of the United States.
Later this afternoon, according to the White House, Obama is meeting with the attorney general. The meeting is closed press…(read more)
Source: The Weekly Standard
Posted: October 19, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Politics, White House | Tags: Ahmed Mohamed, Air Force One, Anthony Fauci, Barack Obama, Clock, Jews, Josh Earnest, Muslim, New York, President of the United States, Texas, White House, White House Press Secretary
“I don’t believe that the president will have the opportunity to meet with meet one-on-one with Ahmed Mohamed.”
— White House press secretary Josh Ernest
Charlie Spiering reports:
…It appears that President Obama may not meet personally with Texas student Ahmed Mohamed at tonight’s Astronomy Night at the White House, according to White House aides.
[Also see – Anatomy of a Hoax: Reverse Engineering Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock]
“I don’t believe that the president will have the opportunity to meet with meet one-on-one with Ahmed Mohamed,” Earnest confirmed during the White House press breifing. He explained to reporters that there would be “several hundred” students and teachers and scientists attending the event.
Mohamed still plans to join the group of children who attend the evening event, but he might not end up with a photograph with the president. Obama is expected to deliver remarks at the event, but will not likely remain for the duration of the event….(read more)
Posted: September 22, 2015 Filed under: History, Religion, White House | Tags: Associated Press, Cuba, Josh Earnest, Pope, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII, Washington State, White House, White House Press Secretary
Presidents and Popes
Pope Benedict XVI in the Popemobile outside the White House. 4/16/08
Lyndon B. Johnson introduces a member of his staff to Pope Paul VI. NY, 10/4/65.
Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II in conversation at Vizcaya Museum in Miami. 9/10/87
Richard and Pat Nixon at the Vatican with Pope Paul VI. 9/28/70.
Pope John Paul II with George Bush in the papal apartment, Vatican City. 11/8/91.
Dwight D. Eisenhower met with Pope John XXIII at the Vatican on 12/6/59.
Posted: September 22, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Education, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: Ahmed Mohamed, Barack Obama, Boston, Clock, hoax, Irving, Irving Texas, Islam, media, Muslim, news, Texas, United States, video, White House, White House Press Secretary
The original story was about a controversial package in a school setting, but it was quickly claimed to be a homemade clock.
If so, the clock itself (not the presentation) might be cool as the White House said. If not, the world may be propping up a plagiarist who flaunted the piece of crap in an intentionally controversial way (suppositions). This video challenges that the clock was homemade by showing a nearly identical package being prepared in about twenty seconds (screws and simple fasteners were excluded for brevity here).
Posted: September 10, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Bering Sea, Fiscal year, Josh Earnest, News conference, Press secretary, Refugees of the Syrian civil war, United States, White House, White House Press Secretary
…There was a wonderfully ironic moment in the White House as reporters spared with Press Secretary Josh Earnest who has been often criticized for less than forthcoming statements to the media…
Here is the tape:
…Now “Siri” is getting in the act as she was heard in the midst of the press conference saying “Sorry, I’m not sure what you want me to change.” It seemed for a moment like Earnest had developed a second persona…
Posted: June 11, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Economics, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Denis McDonough, Fast track (trade), John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Party leaders of the United States Senate, Republican Party (United States), Trade Adjustment Assistance, Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership, White House Chief of Staff, White House Press Secretary
Edward-Isaac Dovere writes: President Barack Obama and his aides launched a full-court press to save his trade package on Thursday, as House Democrats’ internal struggles pushed Obama’s top legislative priority perilously close to defeat.
As Obama made phone calls to reluctant Democrats from the White House, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Labor Secretary Tom Perez went face-to-face with trade opponents including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a testy closed meeting on Capitol Hill…(read more)
Posted: April 7, 2015 Filed under: Politics, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Charles Krauthammer, Chris Christie, Dana Perino, Foreign Policy, General practitioner, Iran, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Republican Party (United States), Rick Perry, Scott Walker (politician), White House Press Secretary, Wisconsin
Inexperienced President with Abysmal Foreign Policy Record and Negative Polls Reflecting Low Public Trust Tries to Give Foreign Policy Advice to Popular GOP Candidate
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker would be taking a foolish approach if he follows through with vows to revoke a nuclear deal with Iran if elected president. Obama was asked in an NPR News interview about Walker’s recent comments that he would reject any deal Obama reaches on his first day as president.
As Former White House Press Secretary and The Five Co-Host Dana Perino notes, Bush 43 ignored candidates.
Obama says if the president’s ability to strike agreements starts being questioned, it will be a problem for allies and embolden U.S. enemies. He says he’s confident anyone knowledgeable enough to be elected president won’t take that approach. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 22, 2015 Filed under: Politics, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Bill O'Reilly (political commentator), Ed Henry, Fox News Channel, George W. Bush, Josh Earnest, Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, United States, White House, White House Press Secretary
Glenn Harlan Reynolds writes: Last week, Rudy Giuliani mused about whether President Obama loves America, musings that produced immediate media backlash as beyond the pale. Some thought this was proof of Republican racism. (Never mind that Obama had accused President Bush of being “unpatriotic” back in 2008). Others gloated that Giuliani had “trolled” the media into spending five days debating Obama’s patriotism.
My own take: Of course Obama loves America. After all, you always hurt the one you love.
But, seriously, why do we care? That is, why do we spend time looking at presidents — and others — based on irrational emotional attachments that are hard to assess, rather than looking at things like credentials that are easy to assess, and arguably more directly related to the job, than things like patriotism, or loyalty, or honesty? Why can’t we just be rational about these things?
“Of course Obama loves America. After all, you always hurt the one you love.”
Maybe because, as Robert Frank suggested in an underappreciated book some years ago, Passions Within Reason: The Strategic Role Of The Emotions, we don’t want to be totally rational about things because, ironically, it’s not rational to be too rational.
Imagine that you’re thinking of getting married. Would you want a spouse who sticks with you for purely rational reasons, or one who forms an irrational attachment — let’s call it “love” — that doesn’t depend on rational factors?
Most people would say the latter. A purely rational attachment is nice, but if things change — say, if you become sick, or unattractive, or broke — a rationally attached person might rationally choose to leave. A person who loves you, on the other hand, might stick around anyway, because being parted from you, even if some of your charms have vanished, would cause emotional pain, while helping you feels good.
Likewise, you’d like to hire an honest employee, one who will feel guilty about stealing from you. A rational employee won’t steal if there’s a danger of being caught, but an honest one won’t steal even when he can get away with it, because if he does he will feel guilty, while if he resists temptation he will feel virtuous.
A person who is perfectly rational about costs and benefits, with no irrational constraints like loyalty or honesty (or patriotism), is a person who will lie, cheat and steal whenever he or she can get away with it. A sociopath, basically. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 10, 2015 Filed under: Diplomacy, Religion, War Room, White House | Tags: @PressSec, Antisemitism, Barack Obama, Jennifer Psaki, Jews, Josh Earnest, Paris, President of the United States, White House, White House Press Secretary
In response to a remark President Obama made about terrorists “randomly” targeting the Paris kosher market, Fox’s Dana Perino said the president should apologize to every single Jewish person in Europe.
“I actually think that the president owes the Jews of Europe an apology. They deserve better from the President of the United States. Anti-semitism is on the rise, and somebody must stick up for them.”
— Dana Perino
[Also see – Re: ‘There Were People Other than Just Jews Who Were in that Deli’ – Jonah Goldberg, The Corner]
As a former White House press secretary herself, she was “nearly unable to breathe” after seeing Josh Earnest trying to explain that comment from the president, only to then backtrack on Twitter.
Perino also thought the White House should have realized weeks ago, when the interview in question was filmed, that they had a brewing crisis on their hands, but instead they weren’t ready for it….(read more)
Posted: February 5, 2015 Filed under: Politics, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, First Lady of the United States, India, Islam, Islamic religious leaders, Islamic terrorism, Josh Earnest, Paris, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, United States, White House, White House Press Secretary
Charlie Spiering writes: President Obama met with American Muslim leaders this afternoon, according to the White House schedule, but so far the administration is unwilling to reveal who attended the meeting, which was closed to the press.
The White House released a readout of the meeting explaining that Obama discussed “a range of domestic and foreign policy issues” including Obamacare, police fairness, anti-Muslim discrimination, and the upcoming Summit on Countering Violence Extremism.
“The President discussed the need to continue countering ISIL and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam,” the readout continued. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 23, 2015 Filed under: Education, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News, White House | Tags: ABC7, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Los Angeles, Robert Holguin, Twitter, Vice president, White House press corps, White House Press Secretary
Posted: January 13, 2015 Filed under: Religion, War Room, White House | Tags: Associated Press, Barack Obama, France, Islamic terrorism, Josh Earnest, Obama administration, Paris, United States Ambassador to France, White House, White House Press Secretary
Charlie Spiering reports: Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended President Obama and White House officials for refusing to describe the terrorist attacks in Paris as a consequence of radical Islamic terrorism.
UPDATE: LA Times Obama sympathizer defends the absurdity
Earnest explained to White House reporters during the press briefing that this is a question of “accuracy.”
“We want to describe exactly what happened. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 13, 2015 Filed under: Think Tank, War Room, White House | Tags: Allen West (politician), Andrew G. Bostom, Anti-Christian sentiment, Arab people, Barack Obama, Cartoon, Charlie Hebdo, Government of France, Islam, Jay Carney, Muhammad, Muslim, Muslim world, National Review, Paris, White House, White House Press Secretary
Why didn’t President Obama go to Paris?
Jim Geraghty writes:
…The simplest explanation…is that President Barack Obama doesn’t want to put his personal stature and credibility on the line to support something like Charlie Hebdo. Since those awful attacks, we’ve witnessed a lot of allegedly intellectual leftists offer versions of “the attacks were terrible, but —” and then explaining why Hebdo was offensive, hate speech, and unnecessary provocation, foolish, etc., and imply that the magazine isn’t really worth defending and that the world would be a better place if these immature, impudent cartoonists would stop making fun of one of the world’s great religions.
[Also see Mollie Hemingway’s 4 Reasons We Shouldn’t Be Surprised Obama Snubbed Paris at The Federalist]
There’s very little evidence to suggest that Obama disagrees with this progressive intellectual reaction, that while satire of Islam is theoretically legal, the consequences of enraging Muslims is too much trouble and risk to be worthwhile.
“Obama’s absence from Paris smashes America’s reputation as the world’s physical and philosophical anchor for freedom.”
— Tom Rogan
We saw this in the response to Hebdo before, and the infamous YouTube video that the administration cited as a scapegoat for the Benghazi attacks. To a lot of progressives, while depicting Muhammad or mocking Islam shouldn’t be banned,
[Also see – White House: President Will Fight Media To Stop Anti-Jihad Articles – The Daily Caller]
it should be discouraged, and a presidential appearance at that rally and march would be too close to an official endorsement of the magazine and its contents…
Obama would never support going into a magazine and shooting people. But he’s a famously thin-skinned public figure who thinks he has a particularly powerful connection and understanding of the Muslim world because he spent some childhood years in Indonesia. He is so mono-focused on “de-escalating” tensions with the Muslim world that he thinks about how he would advise ISIS…(read more)
National Review Online
Obama’s Paris Snub Wasn’t an Oversight
Byron York dismisses the White House’s falsehoods and explores the intentional decision to be absent:
The White House reaction to the attacks in France, going back to the first reports of shots fired at Charlie Hebdo, has been noticeably subdued. Obama had scheduled last week as a time to roll out some upcoming State of the Union proposals in trips to Michigan, Arizona and Tennessee.
Get this – Jon Stewart Is Angry At Obama For Keeping His Word About Criticism Of Muslims – The Daily Caller]
When world events intruded, the president stubbornly stuck to his schedule, mentioning France only briefly before introducing his plan for free tuition at community colleges.
[More – see Mitchell Blatt‘s Let’s Blame Christianity For Everything, And Islam For Nothing at The Federalist]
Then came the unity march. No, it was not essential that Obama himself attend. But there’s no doubt he should have sent Vice President Joe Biden — why is there a VP, if not to go to big foreign events? — or at least Secretary of State John Kerry.
[Also see 3 reasons the Paris no-show matters – Tom Rogan]
Even as the march wound its way through Paris, the White House sent out yet another sign of its unseriousness. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 8, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere, War Room, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Charlie Hebdo, Daily Caller, France, Government of France, Islam, Islamism, Jay Carney, Muhammad, Muslim world, Neil Munro, Paris, White House, White House Press Secretary
“We are aware that a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the prophet Muhammad, and obviously we have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this.”
Carney told reporters during a midday press briefing at the White House.
“We know these images will be deeply offensive to many and have the potential be be inflammatory.”
Carney said in a prepared statement.
The French government reacted to the expected threats by temporarily shutting down embassies and schools in 20 countries with significant Muslim populations.
The White House’s criticism of a French magazine’s editorial choices comes as a wave of Islamist attacks threatened to upset the president’s election campaign, during which has has claimed that his policies have reduced conflict with Islamic countries.
The administration’s new criticism of the famous French magazine Charlie Hebdo follows the administration’s Sept. 14 effort to persuade Google to take down a short and cheap satirical video on YouTube that also angered Islamists.
Competing leaders in the fractious Islamic political movement — which now dominates the governments of Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and nearly all Arab countries — say criticism of their claimed prophet, Muhammad, is blasphemous and deserving of the death penalty. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 7, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, War Room, White House | Tags: Charlie Hebdo, CNN, François Hollande, Josh Earnest, List of terrorist incidents, Muhammad, Paris, Police officer, President of France, White House Press Secretary
White House press secretary Josh Earnest refrained from calling the attack on a French magazine “terrorism” in an interview this morning on CNN:
The CNN host asked,
“Josh, when you talk about countering the message, you keep using the word violence. I mean, this is an act of terrorism, that’s what the president of France called it — an act of terrorism. You’re referring to ISIS and other bad actors, it doesn’t really matter who it is at the end of the day. You know you’re fighting a very large group of people of somewhat similar concern. Do you see this as an act of terrorism, and is this something that has to be condemned on that level?”
“Based on what we know right now it does seem that’s what we’re confronting here. And this is an act of violence that we certainly do condemn, and if based on this investigation it turns out to be an act of terrorism, then we would condemn that in the strongest possible terms, too.”
“I mean, look, this is again based on the very preliminary information that we have, this isn’t just an attack as you point out, Chris, on the people of France and on innocent civilians. This is an attack on some of the basic values that we hold dear here in this country and basic values of freedom of speech and freedom of expression and the free press that is also held dear by our allies in France. So this is something we take seriously and that we condemn, like I said, in the strongest possible terms.”
UPDATE: A few minutes later, President Obama released a statement calling it a “terrorist act.”
“I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time….(read more)
The Weekly Standard
Posted: July 21, 2014 Filed under: Diplomacy, War Room, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Democratic Party (United States), Josh Earnest, Middle East, Seattle, Washington Times, White House, White House Press Secretary
(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
For Washington Times, Ben Wolfgang reports: Amid increasing violence in the Middle East and questions still swirling around the aircraft shot down over Ukraine last week, the White House is not considering canceling President Obama’s upcoming trip to the West Coast for Democratic party fundraisers.
Mr. Obama is scheduled to leave Washington Tuesday and headline a party event in Seattle later that night. He will then attend Democratic fundraisers in California before returning to Washington on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 30, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Carney, Jay Carney, Josh Earnest, Major Garrett, President of the United States, Twitter, White House, White House Press Secretary
Posted: May 25, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: BarackObama, Fox News Sunday, Internal Revenue Service, Jay Carney, Kimberley Strassel, Obama, Wall Street Journal, White House Press Secretary
“It’s the exact same language every time.”
For Truth Revolt, Trey Sanchez reports: The Wall Street Journal‘s Kimberley Strassel suggested on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace that President Obama has a “scandal manual” in his top drawer as a go-to guide on how to respond to the latest scandal because as it turns out, the administration responds the same way every time.
In an edited video clip, President Obama and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney are shown across the latest three scandals — the IRS targeting conservatives, the AP phone records collection, and now the VA secret waiting lists — saying they first heard about them through the media just like everybody else. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 30, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Politics, War Room, White House | Tags: American Broadcasting Company, Benghazi, Jay Carney, Jon Karl, Susan Rice, White House, White House Press Secretary, YouTube
During the April 30, 2014 White House press briefing, ABC’s Jon Karl repeatedly presses White House Press Secretary Jay Carney over a newly released email from a White House senior aide discussing preparing then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice to blame the Benghazi attack on a YouTube video.
Posted: March 21, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Politics, White House | Tags: Anaya, Barack Obama, CBS, Jay Carney, KPHO-TV, White House, White House Press, White House Press Secretary
NY Daily News‘ Leslie Larson reports: A local reporter not ready for the big leagues is backtracking from claims the White House prescreens media questions.
Catherine Anaya, from Phoenix’s KPHO-TV, says she was mistaken for saying members of the White House Press Corps submit questions to press secretary Jay Carney before the daily televised press briefing.
[See Rehearsal: White House Press Secretary Gets Questions from Reporters Before Press Briefing – pundifromanotherplanet.com]
She shared her “off the cuff and unscripted” observation Wednesday night during a segment on the CBS affiliate about her day at the White House. Anaya was one of six local reporters invited to discuss the minimum wage and Obamacare with the President for a four minute interview. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 16, 2014 Filed under: Politics, U.S. News, White House | Tags: Andrew Johnson, Barack Obama, Democratic, Meet the Press, Obama, Robert Gibbs, Senate, White House Press Secretary
Kaffee: Grave Danger?
Col. Jessep: Is there another kind?
Andrew Johnson reports: One of President Obama’s top former advisers warned Democrats that if they can’t keep the Senate in November, that will effectively be the end of the Obama presidency. “If you lose the Senate, turn out the lights because the party is over,” former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said on Meet the Press.
Kaffee: I said, ”Grave danger?” You said, ”Is there any other kind?”
Col. Jessep: I recall what I said.
Kaffee: I can have it read back to you.
Col. Jessep: I know what I said! I don’t have to have it read back to me.
Gibbs encouraged the president to be more involved in rallying and exciting Democratic voters in the coming months, because otherwise the Senate is “definitely, absolutely” in danger of falling in to Republican control…Read the rest…
National Review Online
Posted: January 22, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Andrew Johnson, Barack Obama, Cannabis, Colorado, Jay Carney, New Yorker, Washington, White House, White House Press Secretary
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would have an easier sell if he hadn’t just grown himself a beatnik beard. I bet Carney’s got rolling papers in his pocket. I just know it. He’s holding. For sure.
Andrew Johnson writes: President Obama’s recent comments about marijuana didn’t quite call for the legalization of recreational use, the White House clarified. In a recent interview with The New Yorker, the president made comments that some interpreted as a policy shift on the issue.
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Posted: January 15, 2014 Filed under: Humor, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: ABC News, Beard, Carney, Jay Carney, News conference, primate, Primatology, Twitter, White House, White House Press Secretary
“My wife says she likes it”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney isn’t quite ready to say good-bye to the holiday break — and he has the beard to prove it.
Stepping up to the podium for his first press briefing in over two weeks, Carney surprised reporters with a scruffy post-holiday beard.
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