Jay Carney: Criticisms over handling of scandals legitimate
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#1 May 23, 2013
When lying and obfuscating start to make you look foolish, one must resort to the inevitable - to at least make the 'appearance' of being forthcoming.
The only moral compass these people have is a wet index finger in the wind.
For the political class, the ends justify the means. Bill Clinton lied under oath and was impeached, and he's the democrats hero. Obama lies daily, and he's the democrats savior.
The admission crystallized a sense within the press that Team Obama, which has always focused laser-like on messaging, has suddenly lost its tight grip on the political agenda, and is now having to react to it rather than shape it.
Carney has been skewered over the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups; the Department of Justice’s subpoenaing of phone records and labeling of Fox News reporter James Rosen as a criminal co-conspirator; and the administration’s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
“They’re two steps away from causing harm to themselves,” said Tobe Berkovitz, a professor of communications at Boston University.“They’re digging themselves a pretty big hole, and the real question is,‘Is Obama going to fall into it?’”
Carney’s shifting story on the IRS has become particularly problematic, as it suggests a focus on limiting exposure and aggressively fighting for news cycles.
“The first rule of crisis management is dump all the bad stuff out,” Berkovitz said.
“They’re stonewalling. The strategy seems to be to play the president as ignorant ...‘Gee I didn’t know about that until I read about it in the newspaper.’”
That one of the three controversies damaging Obama deals directly with the press hasn’t helped.
Carney has struggled to defend Obama as a champion of a free press amid reports that his Justice Department subpoenaed the records of Rosen’s parents in searching for the source of a leak in national security information. The president’s past public criticism of Fox News has fed suggestions that Justice’s actions are targeting Obama’s opponents.
The inter-agency fight over the Benghazi talking points highlights the interests of different players in the administration to control the news story, even when their efforts are at cross purposes.
In recent days, the White House has also solicited advice from a string of outside advisers to improve its message.
Tad Devine, a senior adviser to John Kerry and Al Gore, was one of a group of high-profile Democratic consultants who met last week with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough.
He said the White House indicated it hoped to focus on substantive policy issues to shift the narrative, saying McDonough said “they want to spend 90 percent of their time on issues that are key parts of the president’s agenda and not the cover ups.
A recent trip by Obama to Baltimore to discuss new infrastructure funding made few headlines, and his meeting young immigration reform activists on Tuesday was little-noticed.
Yet the White House has had success in controlling the news.
In advance of Obama’s major address on the use of drones Thursday, a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder to lawmakers was released that acknowledged four American citizens had been killed in drone attacks. The letter quickly dominated the news cycle.
Last week, Obama took to the podium to announce the acting IRS chief’s resignation just an hour after dumping the Benghazi documents. The actions ensured above-the-fold coverage of Obama’s actions on the IRS, while the Benghazi story was shifted downward.
Justice’s seizure of Associated Press phone records.
Observers, including one former administration official, thinks it’s important that Obama use the speech to address mounting criticism over the move by the Justice Department.
Carney: "Just so we are all perfectly clear on this subject, every word out of my mouth is a lie and I do not have any credibility left.....next question please.
#2 May 23, 2013
These people will skate through this and clamp down on the country starting with nationalizing the press and shutting off all communication of critical content to them.
#3 May 23, 2013
The president and the obama team been operated in all areas in total secret of the people and are trying to see if they will get away with it. All crooks and criminals do the same. All politicians who have been caught in the past lie until the truth is uncovered. They are trying to keep the truth from coming out. It is time for a change of these people and only voted them out forever will we begin to heal out nation. The NYC Weiner guy is running for mayor, he hopes the voters have forgiven him and forgotten his naked past. The same with the adulterer governor of SC.
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