Press Secretary Jay Carney’s longstanding tiff with Fox’s Ed Henry has been well-documented, but now it seems even members of the media’s “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) are getting fed up with Carney and his wordsmithing.
During his Thursday-morning press briefing, Carney continued to try and explain away Obama’s comments that it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to overturn his health care law. After trying to wax poetic to Henry, CBS reporter Bill Plante called out Carney.
“What he said on Monday was an obvious misspoken moment, because he talked about the Court not being in the position to overturn acts of Congress. You’re standing up there twisting yourself in knots because he made a mistake and you can’t admit it.”
Carney shot back: “No no no, Bill, I am acknowledging– you’re sharing in the righteous indignation here of your colleague [referring to Henry].”
Plante answered: “I’m just noting that you’re putting yourself in knots.”
“The president spoke in answer to a question relatively briefly and in the context of this case made the statement that there is longstanding judicial precedent which would argue that court should not overturn this la,” Carney then added. “I totally grant to you that he did not refer to the Commerce Clause, he did not refer to the full context. I think he believed that that was understood. Clearly, some folks, notably people sitting in that chair [referring to Ed Henry] and others, missed that.”
Watch it unfold below: