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Posts Tagged ‘Rachel Rose Hartman’

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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C-SPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’ Will Travel

C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” hit the road early this morning to pay a visit to Yahoo! News’ newsroom. They had three of their journalists on the program. Sequentially, starting at 7:45 a.m. — ouch! — they had Chief Washington Correspondent Olivier Knox, Political Reporter Chris Moody and White House Correspondent Rachel Rose Hartman.

In C-SPAN’s history of showing newsrooms (Washington Star in 1980, Baltimore Sun 1983, USA Today 1983, Chicago Tribune 1984, Denver Post 1984), this is the first time they’ve ever gone remote into a non-print publication.

Watch here.

What other publications has C-SPAN visited? Also: see Moody from this morning… Read more

Breastfeeding White House Reporter Gets Trashed by Readers

You’d think that a new mom intent on breastfeeding her newborn while balancing a White House reporting job in a locale that doesn’t easily allow her to do so might elicit sympathy.

But you’d be wrong.

This morning, Yahoo News published a first-person account by Rachel Rose Hartman, explaining the difficulties of pumping in the course of her day at the White House. She takes readers on a journey through the ordeal of having to use an unclean, unisex bathroom to pump for breast milk.

She writes about all that, amidst an Obama administration that claims to care about such a thing: “Under President Barack Obama’s new health care law, employers with more than 50 workers are required to provide a private lactation space other than a restroom for nursing mothers up to one year after giving birth,” writes Hartman.

A low but fitting blow: “Perhaps you’ll recall that these restrooms recently shot to fame as the chosen place for Al Roker to dispose of his dirty underwear?” writes Hartman.

Ultimately White House Correspondent Association President Ed Henry, Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News, and WHCA’s Christi Parsons, addressed the matter and in coordination with the White House, came to her rescue. The eventual solution: radio booths provided by — not the White House or any order by President Obama — but the Christian Broadcasting Network and CBC/Radio-Canada. In the interim, American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan allowed her to use her booth.

What comes next is pretty shocking: readers unleashed a torrent of insults and complaints about why this was even a story, why she doesn’t just stay home with her kids and more. Read more