Obama’s Press Sec Laughs Off Obama’s Imperial Exclusion of White House Press Corps

Since the day he became President Barack Obama has been denying the press access to him as he goes about his business in the White House, on Air Force One, and at events outside those areas. After five years, the White House press corps is finally starting to say something. But White House Press Secretary Jay Carney just laughed off Obama’s imperial decree that the media isn’t allowed in.

During the December 12 press conference in the White House, Carney blew off concerns that the press have over the historic lack of access to Obama. No other president in modern times has denied the press access like Obama has but as the reporters spoke up, Carney didn’t seem to much interested in their complaints.

In today’s presser, Carney was peppered by an unruly press corps sick of this president ignoring them and denying them access. But instead of answering to their concerns, Carney continued to mischaracterize the arguments that the reporters were making and blithely kept claiming “we’re working on improving access” without telling anyone what that actually meant.

First of all, Carney insisted on saying “no one will have total access” and “no one will be 100% happy” with the access they have. But that wasn’t what the media was asking for. They weren’t demanding “perfect” access. They were just asking for as much access as every other modern president has allowed them.

Carney also kept saying over and over again that he intends to “work on that” as if he intended to actually do something to put Obama in line with other presidents in this respect. But he never once defined what that even meant and the press fully understood that Carney was just blowing meaningless smoke up their computer keyboards.

Oddly, Carney kept acting as if the “Internet” is to blame for Obama’s refusal to allow the press the normal access that every other president has.

What that has to do with anything is anyone’s guess.

Logically, the reporters there weren’t at all convinced that Carney’s words had any meaning whatsoever. But what was most interesting is how Carney laughed off their concerns and dismissed the truly American concept of press access to our highest leaders.

Also, remember, this is a media that is almost slavishly in love with Barack Obama. It has taken them five years to get upset enough with his imperial attitude to finally say something to Carney. If a Republican president had denied them access as much as Obama has we’d have heard these complaints in the first few months of the term, not five years in. But it is nice to see that even this sold-out, slavish, lap dog press has its limits.

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Posted by on December 13, 2013.
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  • Lawrence Westlake

    No reason for him not to laugh. If we had another election tomorrow nearly 100% of the WHPC blindly would vote for Obama, again. Keep in mind leftism is a mental disorder, not an actual political ideology.

  • Retired military

    Jay Carney. About the only person who can do Bagdad Bob better than Chico.

    • Commander_Chico

      No, Chico would do it better.

      • Retired military

        Chico tells the truth for once.

        • Commander_Chico

          • Retired military

            This fits you much better Chico.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Indeed it does.

  • jim_m

    No, I suspect that Mr. J. Goebbels Carney has a very different model in mind for how information is to be distributed from this administration.

  • GarandFan

    Don’t see why the MSM whores are so upset. They “report” WH talking points without question. So what’s the dif between getting handed a sheet of paper as opposed to getting handed a photograph?

  • LiberalNightmare

    MSM finally learns a valuable lesson that every other cheerleader learned in high school. Blowing the quarterback doesn’t mean you get to go to the prom.

  • Commander_Chico

    Obama doesn’t give a shit, he can’t run again.

    McCain had a good idea: the president should hold “question time” in a joint session of Congress once a month or so, like in the UK Parliament.

    • Retired military

      Yeah Chico. I mean that could bring about some meaningful debate.

      “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

      The only thing is Obama has the same debating skills as you. He doesn’t answer questions directly, he never admits that he is wrong, he totally disregards the obvious and when all else fails he plays Chico by saying his opponents are racists, or things were so much worse than he thought when he got into office (wears kinda thin after 5 years doesnt it ) or he chooses Chico’s favorite . “Oh look a shiney.”

      Speaking of debate

      1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
      policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)

      2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

      3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?