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Jay Carney Appreciates Your Questions, But He Probably Won’t Answer Them

For those of you out there that deal directly with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in his daily briefings, this probably comes as no surprise, but he’s deflected your questions almost 10,000 times over the last two years.

The man’s got skills.

Yahoo NewsRachel Rose Hartman and Chris Wilson analyzed more than 400 of Carney’s briefings and identified 13 distinct ways he answers questions without actually answering them, almost all of them variations of feigned ignorance.

Our favorites, though, are when he turns the question back against the reporter who dared ask it, with lines like “as you know,” (translation: you already know the answer, stupid reporter) and “I said yesterday,” (Translation: I told you that already, duh).

The story comes complete with an interactive feature where you can see all of Carney’s non-answers, organized by category. It’s embedded below.

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