‘Morning Joe’ Blasts Carney for Mocking Reporters Rather Than Answering Obamacare QuestionsSubmitted by Ed Thinking on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 12:10
The cast and guests of MSNBC’s Morning Joe blasted the White House Tuesday for press secretary Jay Carney’s angry and mocking response to questions from ABC’s Jonathan Karl regarding healthcare.gov’s continuing problems:
MIKE ALLEN: It wasn’t just contentious which you get every day in the briefing room. You don’t get Jay Carney basically mocking Jon Karl, imitating his tone.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Why would he do it?
ALLEN: There is great frustration. The ABC memos showed not only that the problem also exists if you apply by paper or by phone but that the administration well knew it before the president came out and said the alternative ways are fine. The congressional committees are having a field day with notes. They say war room notes at the top. That’s a reporter’s dream. Turned over to Congress, make it to reporters. The Wall Street Journal story is a real canary in the coal mine. The plan depends on getting young people like Louis Bergdorf into the plan.
SCARBOROUGH: That ain’t happening.
The Associated Press’ White House correspondent Julie Pace, who was also at the briefing Monday, weighed in when asked why Carney would mock a well-respected reporter like Karl.