How does a top network reporter break through the official White House talking points? ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl has been busy trying — and in the process has gotten into it twice over the last month with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, including just yesterday.
In a MediaBeat interview conducted at ABC’s Washington Bureau, Karl told us about the need to remain skeptical of what the White House is telling you, regardless of who’s in office. He also revealed some interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits from campaign 2012. You might be surprised to know how little Karl saw candidate Mitt Romney—even when flying on the same plane.
Part II, tomorrow: Does Jonathan Karl find Twitter too distracting for good reporting?
“That was unfortunate, but it wasn’t a protest from me, I had a job to do,” Henry said on “Fox & Friend” host Brian Kilmeade‘s radio program this morning.
Henry told Kilmeade that he was trying to make a promised hit on “The Five.”
“I was going to be late,” Henry said. “I would have stayed longer if Jay had called on me. But he didn’t call on me, so I had work to do.”
“If you looked at the video, Chuck Todd was sitting next to me, he got a question or two and then he left,” Henry added. “I didn’t hear anyone saying, ‘Oh my God, he staged a protest or anything’ No, it was because Chuck Todd had to file a piece for ‘NBC Nightly News,’ just as I had to go do a live hit with you on ‘The Five,’ and I had to file my piece for Bret Baier and Special Report.”
Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney mixed it up a bit at today’s press briefing. The Q&A came ahead of President Obama’s announcement that he’s appointing Ambassador Susan Rice as his National Security Adviser and nominating Samantha Power as U.S. Ambassador to the UN, to fill Rice’s seat.
Henry: You described (Rice) as one of the most qualified, experienced foreign policy experts in America. If that’s the case, how did she get the information on Benghazi so wrong five days after the attack?
Carney: Ed, I would welcome the opportunity to correct the record especially for some news outlets who persist in misrepresenting the facts. You have seen the so-called talking points. You have seen the testimony of the deputy director of the CIA and the documents that demonstrate that the central point that they made was drafted in the first instance and every instance thereafter.
Henry: Then why did various intelligence officers say that they almost immediately knew that this was terror and if she’s so experienced why wouldn’t she see that as they saw it?
Carney: So you are suggesting that a senior member of the national security team should disagree with the assessments of the intelligence community because somebody appeared on Fox News and said something?
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has had a rough few days of daily briefings… what with Benghazi, the IRS and AP phone taps on the minds of that pesky press corps. So today, Carney, who used to be “one of them,” opened today’s briefing with the many faces of Jay Carney (via Washington Post), from troubled, to stern, to grim, to bemused.
Former press secretary Robert Gibbs made his debut as an MSNBC/NBC News political contributor ahead of his former boss’s State of the Union address last night. He was back on this morning on “Morning Joe.” Gibbs was Pres. Obama’s press secretary from 2009-2011.
He follows in a long line of former press secretaries who’ve made the leap to TV news, including Geroge W. Bush press secretaries Dana Perino, a co-host of FNC’s “The Five,” and Tony Snow, who was with Fox News before joining the White House and with CNN after. Bill Clinton‘s press secretary Dee Dee Myers (1993-94) was the host of “Equal Time” on CNBC, George Stephanopoulos‘s short run as Press Secretary before Myers in 1993 would lead to an association with ABC News that’s lasted 17 years. He’s now the co-host of “GMA” and host of “This Week.” Joe Lockhart (1998-2000) had stints with ABC and CNN.
Going back even further, Bill Moyers was LBJ’s press secretary in 1965-66. He has hosted various shows on PBS over the years.
Current Press Secretary Jay Carney did the reverse. He was a journalist with TIME for 20 years before joining the White House in 2009.
The White House has filed a formal response to the petition that wanted CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported back to his native Great Britain. More than 100,000 people signed the petition, which was filed after Morgan became outspoken regarding his support of gun control after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First. President Obama believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. However, the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press — fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy. Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment — or any other matter of public concern.
The 2012 election is a new experience for veteran journalist Ed Henry: it’s his first as a reporter for Fox News.
For starters, the former CNN’er says he’s speaking to a larger audience. It’s “gratifying how many Americans are watching. Fox has connected.”
TVNewser caught up with FNC’s Chief White House correspondent today in Chicago, where he is preparing for the final night of a long campaign.
Henry joined Fox News during the summer of 2011, but says his journalistic perspective has remained the same. Reporters “should be tough but fair” to all public officials, “and that’s what I try to do.”
He says that while at CNN, his questioning drew criticism from Bush administration officials, and that he never got a sit-down interview with the President as a result. More recently, his queries have drawn ire from White House press secretary Jay Carney and from President Obama himself.
“I do not take it personally,” he says of the slings and arrows, “because I realize it’s just part of the job. An occupational hazard, I guess. You ask a tough question of the president, you throw him a hardball, you might get one back. I’m fine with that.”
He draws a distinction between the news side and the opinion side of FNC programming. Henry tells of bumping into Sean Hannity at a news event and joking with him to “‘stay away from me! I’m not taking a picture with you!’
Bonus video: Henry talks about how he uses Twitter on the campaign trail
“I like him personally,” says Henry. “But he’s got his thing at night. I’ve got my thing during the day.”
The Fox News brand often is unfairly judged, he believes. “So many people who criticize Fox News don’t watch Fox News.”
Matthew Jaffe, (left) a reporter for ABC News and Univision who most recently covered the GOP primary, has married a member of Pres. Obama’s press team.
Jaffe married Katie Hogan, the president’s deputy press secretary, in Lake Geneva, WI over the weekend. Hogan and Jaffe are based in Chicago, which is home to the president’s re-election campaign headquarters.
ABC tells us Jaffe’s been reassigned to general news and is no longer covering politics. He had been focusing on the Latino vote in November’s election. Fluent in Spanish, he’s reported for Univision’s morning show and both the English and Spanish language Univision websites, as well as ABC News Radio and ABCNews.com.
This is the second ABCer to be hitched to an Obama press team official. ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to President Obama’s press secretary Jay Carney. Also, former “ABC This Week” executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, Pres. Obama’s Ambassador to the United Nations.
Is Cramer to blame for the Facebook IPO? A source of the Daily News gossip column Gatecrasher thinks so. While Morgan Stanley is getting the brunt of it, the firm is blaming CNBC for “engaging in some pre-IPO hyping of their own.”
MSNBC’s Alex Wagner gets a write-up in her hometown Capitol File: “Wagner’s laserlike focus on both political and cultural issues – as well as her multicultural good looks and obvious hip factor – makes her path to television stardom predetermined.”
FNC’s Ed Henry and press secretary Jay Carney went all fast and furious at the White House briefing today. Carney got a little short with Henry at one point when discussing the Fast & Furious operation : “As you, I think — perhaps more than others given the interest in this at your network — knows the administration, principally the Department of Justice, has cooperated extensively with Congressional investigators, provided extensive documentation.” WATCH:
At the White House press briefing Wednesday, Jake Tapper asked press secretary Jay Carney why the Obama Administration champions aggressive journalism abroad, but not here in the U.S.
Referring to the recent deathsof journalists in Syria, Tapper said, “The White House keeps praising these journalists … How does that square with the fact that this administration has been so aggressively trying to stop aggressive journalism in the United States by using the Espionage Act to take whistleblowers to court?”
Carney, a former journalist himself who is married to Tapper’s ABC colleague Claire Shipman, answered: “As somebody who knew both Anthony [Shadid] and Marie [Colvin] I particularly appreciate what they did to bring that story to the American people. As for other cases … divulging that kind of information is a serious issue.” Watch: