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White House Press Corps insists on an end to the ridiculous rhetoric

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 10: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney talks to reporters during the daily press briefing at the White House October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. Carney said he could not comment about a proposal by House Republicans to temporarily raise the federal debit limit and begin negotiations on the budget without seeing an acutal bill. Credit: Getty Images

Throughout this whole government shutdown debacle, the Obama administration and its Democratic allies on Capitol Hill have really ramped up the rhetoric. The GOP is "holding Americans hostage," negotiating "with a gun" to President Obama's head and making "ransom" demands. Today, press secretary Jay Carney referred to the (non-existant) threat of default with a crude line about "matches and gasoline" and the GOP keeping a "nuclear weapon" of undermining the economy in their "back pocket."

Fortunately for all of us, the White House Press Corps has heard enough.

The Washington Post reports:

...[I]t was "ransom" — a word Obama has used repeatedly to describe Republican negotiating tactics — that struck the last press corps nerve. The usual briefing room decorum, such as it is, broke down entirely when Carney said finally that Obama would sign a debt-ceiling extension but not if it meant "paying a ransom" to Republicans.

"The president will not pay ransom for ... " Carney began.

"You see it as a ransom, but it's a metaphor that doesn't serve our purposes ... " NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro shouted back with broad support from other confused reporters.

"You guys are just too literal then, right? Carney said.

"We just want to accurately report," Shapiro began before Carney interjected. "We're trying to be accurate in our description of what's going on."

Related: Jay Carney clashes with ABC News reporter... again

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