Jay Carney Lectures Reporters: Don’t ‘Buy into the B.S.’

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

White House press secretary Jay Carney, a former TIME magazine Washington bureau chief, put on his editor hat today.

“Do not buy into the B.S. that you hear about spending and fiscal constraint with regard to this administration,” he told reporters on board Air Force One on the way to Colorado where the president will deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy later today.”I think doing so is a sign of sloth and laziness.”

In an unusual move he told the reporters that since they seemed a “little wooly-headed this morning” (the press had to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base at 6:15 am) he would read them excerpts from an Obama-friendly story, “Obama Spending Binge Never Happened” by Rex Nutting at MarketWatch, that ran yesterday.

Carney quoted from the story which says: “Although there was a big stimulus bill under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s.”

“I simply make the point, as an editor might say, to ‘check it out,’” he told the reporters.

Carney said Nutting’s point is a “fact not often noted in the press and certainly never mentioned by the Republicans.”

After the lecture Carney abruptly moved on: “Next question.”

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