Friday, February 24, 2012

Carney is Tapper's Beyotch

After slapping Carney around on the issue of the Keystone pipeline a few days ago--even getting Carney to contradict himself--ABC News' Jake Tapper is at it again. This time, the subject is journalism in general and what Tapper suggests is an inconsistent message coming from the White House:

Given the praise coming from the White House, with regard to the investigative work in Syria of recently killed journalist Marie Colvin and recently deceased journalist Anthony Shadid, Tapper says the following:
This is the sixth time you’re suing a CIA officer for allegedly providing information in 2009 about CIA torture. Certainly that’s something that’s in the public interest of the United States; his administration is taking this person to court. There just seems to be a disconnect here. You want aggressive journalism abroad -- you just don’t want it in the United States.
Carney's rather mealy-mouthed response:
And as somebody who knew both Anthony and Marie, I particularly appreciate what they did to bring that story to the American people. As for other cases, again, without addressing any specific case, I think that there are issues here that involve highly-sensitive, classified information, and I think that those are -- divulging that kind of information is a serious issue and always has been.
And Tapper's conclusion:
So the truth should come out abroad; it shouldn’t come out here?
Personally, I think there can be wholly legitimate reasons for the government to act against whistle-blowers, to prevent certain information from coming out. But Tapper is right on the issue of consistency. The error being made by the White House is it's attempt to "cuddle up" to the media. It's enough to note the deaths of these journalists and to express sympathy. Biden's statement on Shadid's death:
I've spent much of my career working on America's policy toward the Middle East, and particularly Iraq. Like millions of other readers around the world, I have enriched my understanding of that complex region through the reporting of Anthony Shadid. In the finest tradition of foreign correspondence, Shadid was never content merely to opine from afar. He went where the story took him--from the fall of Saddam Hussein, to the battlefields of Southern Lebanon, to the profound transformations of the Arab Spring--often at extraordinary personal risk. Few foreign correspondents of his generation, or any other, could match his mastery of the language and cultures in the region he covered. And he used those gifts to seek out those far from the corridors of power--giving voice to Iraqis, Lebanese, Egyptians and many others who might otherwise not have been heard.
Biden, unfortunately, is in that corridor of power. And given the current situation and recent history, it's a bad time for him to praise some truth-seekers when he's actively engaged in silencing others.

Cheers, all.


  1. Happy Friday to you - one aside on your post.

    I have NOT made any extensive effort to expose myself to the original prose of Joe Biden. Notwithstanding, from what attention I have paid, the above text was written by someone else. Someone with considerably more grasp of the language than Joe whose lips were, apparently, once again "moving".


  2. oops, "a considerable better grasp"

    edit twice, post once.