White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was spinning like a top at today’s press conference.
Obviously expecting to be asked about the new WH Benghazi emails produced by Judicial Watch, he had some brand new shiny spin for the Praetorians to use in defense of the Regime. And he recited the brand new spin with the bored air of someone who has patiently explained it to the duller reporters (like Jonathan Karl) “again and again.”
Karl wanted to know why the email was withheld for 20 months. “This is directly relevant, he said. “Why did you hold it back. Why did it take a court case for you to release this?”
“Jon,” an annoyed Carney answered. “I have said again and again, and I know you can keep asking me again and again. This document was not about Benghazi.”
Talk about moving the goalposts.
“It was her prep for the Sunday shows!” Karl exclaimed.
“It wasn’t her only prep for Benghazi,” Carney patiently explained. “She relied for answers on Benghazi on the document prepared by the CIA, as did members of Congress.”
He continued in that vein, refusing to answer the actual question, which was – why was the email withheld?
Watch it and weep for our country:
Needless to say to anyone who saw Susan Rice’s performances on those Sunday talk shows – she applied the YouTube video narrative to the Benghazi attack, repeatedly. So if it was some kind of gross misunderstanding, why was she given a promotion, rather than be fired for getting it all so profoundly wrong?
I didn’t watch the whole press conference, so I don’t know if anyone called Carney out on his past lies:
“It has been repeatedly said by some of the critics on this issue on the Hill that the White House provided talking points. That has been categorically refuted not just by us but by the intelligence community, and yet it’s still periodically said on the air. And it’s just wrong,” Carney lied in November of 2012.
In May of 2013, Carney lied, “the White House involvement in any changes that were made to the so-called talking points were extremely minimal and non-substantive.”
Now he’s reduced to ignoring questions about why it took so long to produce the email with the White House talking points, the existence of which he claimed, were “categorically refuted.”
Washington Free Beacon has a longer clip of Karl’s questioning: Jon Karl vs. Jay Carney on Benghazi – 8 Minutes of Fury:
In an effort to spin the situation, Jay Carney claimed the talking points provided to Rice were about the numerous protests occurring in the Middle East and weren’t specifically about Benghazi.
“If you look at that document, that document that we’re talking about today was about the overall environment in the Muslim world — the protests outside of Khartoum — the embassy in Khartoum, outside of the embassy in Tunis, the protests outside of the embassy in Cairo. These were big stories. These were — this was a big problem. And this was an ongoing story through that weekend when Ambassador Rice appeared in the Sunday shows. So to suggest that we wouldn’t have answers to questions about those situations –and unless you’re telling me now that those protests didn’t have anything to do with the video, it was entirely appropriate to have a question-an-answer document prepared for the video,” Carney said in defense of the released emails.
“It did not come from the CIA. You stood there at the podium time after time and said that she was referring to talking points created by the CIA. Now we see a document that comes from the White House, not from the CIA, attributing the protests to the video, and we have the former director of the CIA saying that that was not something that his analysts had attributed it to,” Karl fired back.
The Conversation: Carney Knew The WH Document Was About Benghazi – He Used The Talking Points Himself on Sept. 14, 2012:
“Spin” is a generous euphemism for the disgraceful deceptions this “public servant” spouts on a daily basis. Never forget – the White House Press Secretary works for the American people. He owes us the truth – and we are not getting it from him.
According to Judicial Watch, the Rhodes email was sent on sent on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 8:09 p.m. with the subject line: “RE: PREP CALL with Susan, Saturday at 4:00 pm ET.”
Ace of Spades HQ: In an Administration of Lying Incompetents, Jay Carney Manages to Distinguish Himself Yet Again:
Exit Quote: “If you look at the document in question, it is not about Benghazi.“
Second Exit Quote: “The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US consulate and subsequently its annex.“
Third Exit Quote: After a year and a half of vigorously insisting the White House had no input into these Talking Points — that all information came from the CIA and FBI — Carney now says “obviously” the White House had input into the Talking Points.
In May of 2013, I took the time to review Jay Carney’s dishonest spin on Benghazi.
On September 14, Jake Tapper asked Carney if the anniversary of September 11 might have been a good time to have extra security around diplomat and military posts.
After assuring us that they are always very vigilant on anniversaries like 9/11 (no they’re not), Jay said, but “let’s be clear….these protests were in reaction to a VIDEO that had spread to the region….”
Jake: “In Benghazi?”
Jay: “We don’t know otherwise. We have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack.” (Yes they had) “The unrest we’ve seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that many Muslims find offensive, and while the violence is reprehensible and unjustified it is not a reaction to 9/11 or US policy.”
Jay was being a good soldier – literally reciting the White House talking points supplied to him by White House fixer, Ben Rhodes: “it is not a reaction to 9/11 or US policy.”
Jay Carney on Sept. 19, argued that they didn’t have evidence that it was a pre-planned attack. “Bad actors” had come on the scene of a protest armed with RPGs and mortars. “We prefer to have an investigation…”
The reporter, clearly not buying it, said, “so a random crowd that had come together with their heavy weapons – got insulted by the film, and decided to – you know – blow up…”
Carney doubled down with, “there has certainly been precedent in the past where bad actors – extremists who are heavily armed who have exploited situations that have developed in order to attack Americans…”
This is the 19th of September now, mind you, and he’s refusing to admit the obvious because that would reflect badly on the regime.
Jay Carney October 10, 2012: Benghazi Terror Attack: Jake Tapper Presses Jay Carney on WH Misstatements on Consulate Attack:
Note how everything that they knew the night of the attack was “still under investigation”. Note also how much faith Carney was putting into the Regime’s ringer “Accountability Review Board” that was looking into the attacks.
“Given the fact, that so much was made of the video, that apparently had absolutely nothing to do with Benghazi, there wasn’t even a protest, didn’t President Obama shoot from the hip?” Jake Tapper asked.
Carney responded that it was a moving picture, and some people were trying to politicize a situation that shouldn’t be politicized.
“There was a lot of talk about the video….” Jake persisted.
Dec. 20, Carney Gets Testy Over Benghazi Questions:
Here, Carney took a question from Fox News’ Ed Henry, and got huffy at the idea that anyone higher up than a few low level State Department flacks should be held responsible. “What are you suggesting, Ed, Carney demanded, the disgust and contempt dripping from his voice. Based on the holy Gospel according to the ACB report, some reporting turned out to bewrong, Carney sneered, clearly alluding to Fox News.