Still a Slavish Flack: Carney Blames TV Networks for Fewer Obama Speeches

By joining CNN as an on-air commentator, former Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney has passed through the revolving door between the Obama administration and the media, but he is still Obama’s man and in an interview with his new employer he noted that the TV networks are to blame for Obama not being allowed to make more TV speeches. It is lain that Carney will continue to be a bind flack for Obama even on CNN.

Carney stepped down from his post as White House press secretary in June and by September it was announced he was joining CNN as a news commentator. But Carney rose up as an Obama flack one more time in a new interview released on the eve of his debut on the cable network.

In the Wednesday interview Carney explained away Obama’s inability to understand the “optics” of the presidency, said he was serious about putting a halt to the terrorism of ISIS, and said that Twitter was a helpful tool for the White House.

Carney claimed that Obama was special because he doesn’t “get” that going golfing minutes after giving a speech on the murder of a journalist by terrorists is a bad idea. “That makes him wholly different. What that means is, he is a different kind of person than the kind of person who normally takes this office,” Carney insisted.

One of the more interesting things he claimed, though, is that the big three TV networks are the reason we don’t see Obama on TV more.

Carney said that Obama would be on TV as often as possible to push his partisan agenda but for the intransigence of those networks that are “not always willing to say yes” to giving the President air time.

Carney revealed that in one case Obama wanted to do a primetime address to push one of his plans but the networks turned him down. This spurred the White House to do a study to see how often presidents have been turned down and Carney hinted that Obama has been turned down more than other presidents.

The former Press Sec also took the opportunity to issue a veiled warning to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Many analysts feel that Hillary is seeking to distance herself from Obama’s failed foreign policy as she prepares the groundwork for a run for president in 2016, but Carney cut that effort short reminding CNN’s audience that Hillary was fully a part of Obama’s foreign policy team.

“She was Secretary of State for President Obama for four years and she understands that record will be part of what she runs on. Her time as Secretary of State is something she should be proud of, and the President’s record on foreign policy is something she is more likely to embrace than anything because she was a big part of it.”

If Hillary tries to run away from Obama’s failed foreign policy, clearly Jay Carney will be there on CNN to remind everyone that she was an important part of that failure and if she tries to criticize Obama he will remind everyone that she was right there by his side for four tumultuous years.

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  • Commander_Chico

    We can only hope that Hillary gets submarined by Obama. A noxious neocon and nanny-stater.

    • Retired military

      Which you will gladly vote for when she becomes the nominee and proudly defend on this board if the country is stupid enough to elect her.

      • jim_m

        And she will be a warmonger and a chickenhawk until she is nominated, at which point Chico will discover that she is the most enlightened military strategist ever to walk the face of the earth, just like he claims obama is.

        For when obama overrules his Generals and opts for a course of action that they claim will prolong conflict, put he US in a weaker position and potentially cost more lives, they are wrong because obama, according to Chico, is a brilliant military strategist even though he has never served and nothing that obama does militarily can be gainsaid.

        Of course the possibility exists that Chico is a hypocritical partisan and that everything he says is pure BS,

      • jim_m

        And she will be a warmonger and a chickenhawk until she is nominated, at which point Chico will discover that she is the most enlightened military strategist ever to walk the face of the earth, just like he claims obama is.

        For when obama overrules his Generals and opts for a course of action that they claim will prolong conflict, put he US in a weaker position and potentially cost more lives, they are wrong because obama, according to Chico, is a brilliant military strategist even though he has never served and nothing that obama does militarily can be gainsaid.

        Of course the possibility exists that Chico is a hypocritical partisan and that everything he says is pure BS,

        • Commander_Chico

          Obama’s an idiot for even getting involved in Syria.

          BTW, the goal is really regime change in Syria and eventually in Iran, not ISIS. They are taking it slow. Iran is Hillary’s or Jeb’s second term.

          • jim_m

            I see. He’s an idiot for getting involved, but he’s brilliant for refusing the advice of his generals when they recommend a strategy to make the involvement less risky.

            I suggest that the reason you are all over the place on this is because you don’t know what you are talking about.

          • Commander_Chico

            I don’t see how sending troops on the ground makes it “less risky.”

            Maybe only for your scared pussy ’cause you’re afraid ISIS is going to come and cut your head off next month. Just trying to figure out your thinking there.

            Not one more American should die for that place.

          • jim_m

            Obama is already sending in troops on the ground but if you bothered to inform yourself you would know that the general’sense complaint is that obama’s plan has little chance of success and in their opinion leaves the US in a weaker position.

            So you vote for putting our troops at risk based on the ideologically driven decision of a megalomaniac who knows nothing of military tactics and your knee-jerk reaction is that he must be correct and that all his generals are incompetent fools.

            You are a hypocrite and have demonstrated how empty your rhetoric is.

          • Commander_Chico

            None of these plans have a chance of success. It’s only a question of how many Americans will die for a mistake.

          • jim_m

            So Obama’s plan stands to have the max according to the Generals but you choose to back the chickenhawk because he is your chickenhawk.

          • Sky__Captain

            Umm, Comrade Chico, what exactly are you suggesting the civilized world do about ISIS?
            I submit that not doing anything about ISIS will result in terrorist attacks in the USA. I, for one, would rather not see that so I would submit we kill them all.

  • GarandFan

    Did anyone really expect anything different from Baghdad Carney?

  • Hank_M

    “This spurred the White House to do a study to see how often presidents have been turned down …”
    Really? This information is readily available somehow?
    Still, shows exactly the sort of thing that the WH wastes its time on.

    As to: “Carney hinted that Obama has been turned down more than other presidents.”
    This one pegs the bullshit meter, something Carney has excelled at.

    One thing Carney and Obama don’t seem to realize is that Obama’s ratings improve the less he’s seen and heard on TV.

    • fustian24

      It wouldn’t surprise me to find out that, while true, this isn’t the whole story.

      For example, we might find out that Bush was turned down twice out of ten requests.

      And Obama was turned down eleven times out of sixty requests. The man probably wants to be on the TV every other day.

      It may also be the case that the TV people feel that when they are already doing his bidding 24/7, more TV time for the Pres might just be overkill.

  • Joe_Miller

    He sure is right about Obama being different from the kind of people who are usually in the Oval Office.

    • Brucehenry

      Yeah, he’s black.

      • Sky__Captain

        I believe it may be that 0bama is an unprecedented SCOAMF.

        But thanks for playing the overdrawn race card and showing your true character, troll.

        • Brucehenry

          Sez the lurker

          • Sky__Captain

            Pardon me, but did you not just do the same?

          • Sky__Captain

            Of course, you will avoid the debate of whether your 0bamaMessiah is a miserable failure, and instead trot out the race card and personal insults.
            This does show your true character.

          • Brucehenry

            What personal insults? “Lurker”?

            Also, Victims Of Who Me? Butthurt whining about the alleged playing of “the race card” bore me.

      • Joe_Miller

        That he’s black is probably the only thing I don’t dislike about him.

        • Brucehenry

          Mighty white of you

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