You catch more flies with honey…
May 22nd, 2013
04:35 PM ET
2 years ago

You catch more flies with honey…

(CNN) – One day after squaring off with reporters in an especially combative White House daily briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney underwent a major shift in tone as he faced the same reporters Wednesday.

Gone were Tuesday's repeated expressions of frustration, stern demeanor, and the suggestion that questions about scandals relating to the IRS, Benghazi talking points, and investigations of media outlets had become as frivolous as those that were raised about President Obama's birth certificate.

Instead, a more cheerful Carney on Tuesday went out of his way to praise White House reporters for getting tough, saying that there are a lot of "legitimate questions out there [and] it's part of our democracy and it's a great part of our democracy."

"The approach we take is, we get the information to you that we have as soon as we can, and we try to get that information to you as quickly as possible and as comprehensively as possible," Carney also said. "Now, quickly and comprehensively are not objectives that [we] always meet. And our approach is, we get the information we have to you and, as we get more information, we fill in the details."

Later, Carney declared that "we absolutely understand that some of the reporting on what are apparently criminal investigations are of interest and in particular interest to reporters and [there are] absolutely valid questions about that…so that's an environment that's legitimate, and we understand."

The charm offensive continued when Carney, who turned 48 Wednesday, said he felt "lucky" to be spending his birthday fielding reporters' questions and that he was "sincere" in his respect for a free press.

There was also individual praise to various reporters, declaring that one asked an "excellent" question regarding Syria and another had come up with a "smart way" to phrase a question on the Department of Justice investigation into the Associated Press.

"There are a lot of you, and you're good at your jobs and you're smart," Carney declared at one point to the more than 30 reporters in the White House Press Briefing room.

"When we have a ton of incoming questions, legitimate questions, you guys are doing your job," he also said.


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  1. Sniffit

    Translation: "MSM tries to gloat over apparent ability to make the WH play nice by threatening the WH and the administration with a full-blown hissy fit and biased reporting as revenge for perceived attacks on their national security leak gravy train."

    This is a petty article with a petty tone, CNN. Unworthy of even your current incarnation as "the friendlier Faux New."

    May 22, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, dear. The poor misunderstood media ... feeling sorry for themselves because no one is listening to their hogwash with held breath and anxious hand wringing anymore.

    May 22, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. just sayin

    "There are a lot of you, and you're good at your jobs and you're smart," Carney declared at one point to the more than 30 reporters in the White House Press Briefing room.
    "When we have a ton of incoming questions, legitimate questions, you guys are doing your job," he also said.
    --

    it is called blowing smoke. he knew he had come up with a new schtick because his old one wasn't working. he has lost all credibilty at this point because he has told too many lies to cover for his boss and the rest of the incompetents that comprise the obama administration.

    May 22, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Oh, dear. The poor misunderstood media ... feeling sorry for themselves because no one is listening to their hogwash with held breath and anxious hand wringing anymore."

    Indeed...if only I had some pearls to clutch....

    May 22, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. just askin

    Sniffit
    This is a petty article with a petty tone, CNN. Unworthy of even your current incarnation as "the friendlier Faux New."
    --–

    hey bucko... don't you know it is the obama administrations job to decide what is news and worthy of coverage and not some pretend lawyer in his mom's basement! knock it off right now or no supper for you.

    May 22, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "hey bucko... don't you know it is the obama administrations job to decide what is news and worthy of coverage and not some pretend lawyer in his mom's basement! knock it off right now or no supper for you"

    If that were at all true, then explain why so many "news" outlets exist that freely and without any molestation from the gov't or the Obama administration continuously spew anti-Obama rhetoric, conspiracy theories, bias/stilted "news" reports, etc. Hmmm? If Obama's a "tyrant," he's doing a terrible terrible job at it, which really suggests he's no tyrant at all...just the first black POTUS dealing with a country full of bigots and partisan clowns.

    May 22, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Grumpy2012

    Carney: We like the press. We follow their every word and email.

    May 22, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Don't worry,the majority of the American people have your back . Who cares about the gop garbage that the majority of Americans hate . If the gop didn't have gerrymandering and vote rigging they would have already lost the house along with romney the tax cheat !!!!!!!

    May 22, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Really? and what would you use to catch criminal Dems, in the administration???????

    May 22, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Wake up People!

    Next headline.....

    Obama flushed twice this morning.
    Hearing begins Monday for him wasting water.

    Issa: We will NOT rule out impeachment for such a heinous offense!

    ROFLMAO.

    May 22, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Donna

    Poor poor Jay Carney... so many lies, so many scandals, and people ain't buyin' the Bush did it line anymore. I feel your pain Jay, honestly, I feel your pain. Bad news is you have another 3.5 years of it to endure. You picked the wrong week to give up drinking.

    May 22, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. PJ

    ".....what would you use to catch criminal Dems, in the administration??????"
    --
    Gosh, who knows. They didn't do a very good job with the Bush administration. Guess Darth Vader
    threatened to eat them.

    May 22, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. penguin

    I'd have a lot more respect for the "free press" if it reported facts. Even ABC put out a direct quote attributible to a White House e-mail. Turned out to be a misquote. ABC quoted an unnamed source who sdaid the email said such. For goodness sake if you quote an email at least take a look at the email!!!!! Particularly suspicious are statments of statistics without citing the source. 85% of statistics are made up (including this one)

    May 22, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Frustrated Moderate

    Jay has embarrassed himself as of late. He has a serious challenge with the truth... as does his administration. I would hope the press would recognize the feeling of his now chapped lips on their behind.

    May 22, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. johnp40

    Jay Carney is nothing more than a paid liar for the White House.

    May 22, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Evergreen

    Why doesn't the media mention the fact that the many embassies and american personnel in the middle east were kept safe on 9 11. If you are going to fault the one outpost attack give credit for the safety of the other embassies.

    May 22, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Screw the reporters,we don't believe everything the CNN and fox provda channel tells us . But the fox pravda gop drones do.

    May 22, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. J

    I've been following coverage of these "scandals" over the last few weeks, on both conservative and liberal media outlets. My overall impression is that people seem to be missing an important point. The government is overstepping (has,actually) its boundaries and is beginning to infringe on Constitutional rights. We need to be concerned about this, because any future administration, liberal or conservative, could be encouraged to go further than what the current one apparently has done.

    May 22, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. wade

    So basically he continued to cover up in a nicer way?

    May 22, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. scott

    Carney is nothing more then a mouthpiece, a puppet used by Obama and his thugs. The whole administration is similar to a Mafia run operation. Obama the god father and Biden and Holder as his enforcers.

    May 22, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. scott

    jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Don't worry,the majority of the American people have your back . Who cares about the gop garbage that the majority of Americans hate . If the gop didn't have gerrymandering and vote rigging they would have already lost the house along with romney the tax cheat !!!!!!!
    ____________________________________________________
    All these scandals spell doom for the Democraps, The people will sweep them out in 2014 and 2016 we will have a Republican President. Get use to the fact, reality bites does'nt it.

    May 22, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  22. Ed1

    You have wasted enough of our time and everybody knows you do nothing but continue to lie.

    Time to look for another job your creditable is gone what little you had.

    May 22, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  23. Ed1

    Sniffit,

    Remember Obama is half white and half black and not the first black President we haven't had a 1005 black President yet.

    No we are not bigots and we don't play the race card either like you and so many others do. I didn't vote for Obama because of the color of his skin I thought he might make a difference but I was wrong didn't vote for him this past election Obama didn't earn my vote.

    May 22, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  24. Catmandew

    Give us a break Jay. Do you seriously think we believe this bull. So now you'll gladly answer legitimate questions. My only question is who decides what makes it a " legitimate" question? Do you or Obama or the press corps? Next you'll be tellin us if you submit your questions we will have an answer next week.

    May 22, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  25. hender1123

    Can you even imagine what it would be like having Carney's job?

    May 22, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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