White House press secretary Josh Earnest took a swipe at Fox News' "impartiality" during a discussion about Planned Parenthood, after describing the New York Times as a balanced voice in the controversy over the undercover sting videos.
Earnest had quoted the New York Times' traditionally liberal editorial board, which called the videos a "campaign of deception."
"That's why I’m pointing out to you that the New York Times has described the release of these videos as a campaign of deception," Earnest told Fox reporter Kevin Corke.
Corke followed, "You’re not calling the New York Times impartial are you?"
"Of course I am, Kevin," Earnest said.
Corke responded laughing, "Josh, seriously. You can’t say the Times is impartial about all things vis-a-vis Planned Parenthood. I’ve never seen them criticize Planned Parenthood for anything. Yet you’re saying they are impartial somehow."
Earnest followed with a clear knock at Fox, the latest in a series of slams the White House has taken against the news organization.
"I’m going to resist the urge to raise questions about impartiality about any news organization, particularly in the contexts of this discussion," Earnest said.
Earnest simply cited the New York Times, never making it clear it was an opinion piece.
TheBlaze later followed up asking if he puts an opinion piece in the context of impartiality.
Earnest responded, “Yes I am.”
“I’m not saying they don’t have an opinion, but I do think these are individuals who take a look at the facts and render an opinion. That’s what they do,” Earnest said of the Times editorial board. “In this case they call it a campaign of deception. We saw FactCheck.org, if you want to raise questions about their credibility ironically, you can do that as well, they described that as unspinning the Planned Parenthood video.”
“So, I think the point that I’m making here is that I haven’t seen the videos, but those who have and have taken a look at them have raised some concerns about the content,” Earnest continued. “Ultimately, what the president believes is that our position on this is that if a Department of Justice inquiry is required, then that’s a decision they will make.”