Monday, October 07, 2013

Convenient Transparency

No, it's not a revelation that the "most transparent administration in history" is only transparent when it helps them.  It's displayed weekly, but sometimes it's a little more subtle.  Take Jay Carney, for example. 

One might think the most transparent administration in history would want their number one press spokesman out front during a crisis, answering away.  But that's not always the case.  When the Syria WMD story began to explode in late August the time it blew over during the week of September 11th,  Jay Carney made only a handful of appearances in front of cameras.

To be exact, between August 28th and September 10th, as the Syria crap was hitting the fan, he only made one appearance, and that was alongside national security staffer Tony Blinken on the 9th.  That was the same day the Syrians and Putin pulled the president's rear out of the fire.

During the same time period--a total of ten possible briefing days--there was only one televised briefing, which was performed by backup spokesman Josh Earnest on Thursday August 29th.  Friday August 30th was the day Obama claimed he did the walk-around on the White House yard with his Chief of Staff and decided to throw the bombing decision over a congressional vote. Saturday August 31st was when he announced the decision.  Thereafter followed five straight days where no press briefings were given.

Contrast that to recent events with the CR and debt ceiling.  Carney has suddenly found his groove and is out there every day spewing talking points.   He's done the last six in a row and eight out of nine back through September 25th.  The Ted Cruz filibuster ended on the 24th.  Very transparent.  

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