September 26th, 2013
03:02 PM ET
12 months ago

Carney to reporter: Let's go on 'Crossfire'

(CNN) – White House spokesman Jay Carney seems to have a new favorite strategy for ending heated exchanges with reporters in the press briefing room.

For the second time this month, Carney on Thursday challenged a reporter to a debate on CNN's "Crossfire."

"Ed, please, we will do it – I promise you. We will get big contracts and do it on 'Crossfire.' You on the Right," he told Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry after a heated tense back-and-forth over the national health care law.

Carney suggested a similar solution earlier this month with Henry, when they had a showdown over Syria.

"Hey, Ed, we can debate on 'Crossfire' one day when we're both out of our current jobs'," he joked.

Not missing a beat, CNN Senior White house Correspondent Jim Acosta jumped in.

"We can arrange that," he said.

Thursday night, U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison and Cory Gardner join hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter on Crossfire at 6:30pET to debate Obamacare.


Filed under: Crossfire • Jay Carney
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. anonymous

    So now even the White House spokesperson can't even give straight answers to questions being asked? Why is that? Are they too embarrassed or is this guy just tired of lying and getting caught in his lies, over, and over, and over.

    September 26, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    It must be difficult to put up with the stupidity of Ed Henry. Reasoning with Ed is as difficult as teaching a pig to play piano. Lousy right wingnut.

    September 26, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    anonymous

    So now even the White House spokesperson can't even give straight answers to questions being asked? Why is that?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    He did give straight answers. Problem is the guy from faux noise didn't like the answers. Why is that?

    September 26, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Fox has made up lies and crap about the health care law since it was signed. Fortunately, most Americans can see through their tea bagger antics.

    September 26, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    anon – None of the above. It is tiresome listening to crap that right wingnuts make up.

    September 26, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. anotherGDlefty

    Oh anonymous....when will Ed Henry ask a real question instead of framing the question within the lying parameters put forth by his company?
    Can Ed Henry ask a straight forward answerable question?
    Like his compatriots at FOXPAC, I don't think he can anymore.
    Why don't you ask when FOXPAC will get tired of getting caught in lie after lie?
    I'll help you get a start on your drinking today....Soros! Alinsky! Benghaziiiiiiii !!!!!

    September 26, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. kirk

    Aynon. Clueless as usual I see

    September 26, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. 2020

    Ed Henry working for Fox, that FOX? what is wrong with him? Oh, is that just a pay cheque or selling his soul to the devil?

    September 26, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. TONY

    @anonymous or coward
    No they are not embarrassed,nor are they telling any lies look follow where the question came from fox noise the unfair, and unbalanced news organization in America, no credibility.

    September 26, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. 2020

    I will take Carney's answer 24 x7, and twice on Sunday before one from Ed Henry.

    Ed becomes a bull dog without a brain.

    September 26, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

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    anonymous

    So now even the White House spokesperson can't even give straight answers to questions being asked? Why is that? Are they too embarrassed or is this guy just tired of lying and getting caught in his lies, over, and over, and over.
    ***********************
    Maybe its because the man has a sense of humor when he is dealing with a paid flunkie for Uncle Rupert's propaganda machine, and he has other things to do than to debate policy with someone who ( gasp) is not prepared to listen. I know its difficult for you righties when you are out amongst people who think for themselves, but can you please remember your manners? I'm sure your parents had other aspirations for you than being a parrot for a man whose news empire was willing to delete the voicemails of a dead girl to help sell newspapers, and who get overjoyed when this country suffers a setback or when brave people die in the course of doing their jobs.

    September 26, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Canadian born Cuban, Cruz, and Comrade Putin, appear to be calling the shots for the GOP.

    September 26, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. kirk

    Just because he doesn't give the answers you want doesn't make him a liar, in fact he would have to lie to please you! Your hatred and hypocracy know no bounds, sad you can't not hate, nice life you got there

    September 26, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. rs

    anonymous

    So now even the White House spokesperson can't even give straight answers to questions being asked? Why is that? Are they too embarrassed or is this guy just tired of lying and getting caught in his lies, over, and over, and over.
    _______________________
    You're obviously not paying attention. The GOP's lies on health care have been pretty much rvealed this week. Add to that the economy grew at more than 2% and an unemployment is down to the lowest rate in 6 years.

    Meanwhile- The GOP did nothing- except waste more time (what the 42nd useless vote on the ACA)?

    The GOP is the party of game players and liars- and that's all they have. No fix for the economy, no fix for uneployment, no alternative for healthcare, they look like fools trying to play all sides in foreign affairs. C'mon- what has the GOP done in the last 5 years to warrent any respect at all?

    September 26, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. sonny chapman

    You can't be a Fox reporter unless you're nasty to the "other side". Job Requirement.

    September 26, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "This is why I consider myself a liberal libertarian. I would love to see more "states rights" to let Tea-Bag heavy states drive themselves into backwards little fiefdoms to show why the rest of us don't want to live there!"

    They are already there for the most part. The only thing propping them up and preventing that complete and utter backslide into "backwards little fiefdoms" is that the rest of the country pays taxes that get sent to the red states to keep them afloat. They keep their corporate and property and sales and other taxes low based on their ideology instead of making decisions based on reality. Sooo, the rest of us have to pay higher federal taxes in order to essentially supplement the lower local and state taxes in the red states. THEY are the real mooches and takers.

    September 26, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Ed Henry? Bwahahahaha! Unjournalism at its finest. All he does is try to get "gotcha" moments with asinine questions at these press briefings. He's a total waste. I remember when he used to be on CNN and would smirk like a baboon whenever he was talking about the latest absurdities the GOP/Teatrolls were flinging at Obama. Clearly a biased little turd.

    September 26, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "after a heated tense back-and-forth over the national health care law. "

    Which CNN deliberately neglects to detail so that the Xfire comment can be made the focus and used to belittle Carney and Obama. What, precisely, did Ed Henry, world's biggest unjournalist, ask in the first place? Another one of his loaded "have you stopped beating you wife" questions? Perhaps context is in order...but I can see we won't get it here.

    September 26, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. sonny chapman

    You want to be respected? Be respectful.

    September 26, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |