Friday, August 21, 2015
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
CNN's Jake Tapper went after Josh Earnest on Monday's The Lead, after the White House press secretary admitted that he hadn't seen any of the undercover Planned Parenthood videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, and was "relying on news reports that I've seen" about the controversy. Tapper pointed out that "the whole video is put up on the website of this anti-abortion group that put them out." When Earnest blasted the pro-life group for their "ideological games," the anchor retorted that "somebody at the White House should maybe watch the videos in full."
Tapper raised the issue in the middle of his interview of Earnest. He also ran clips from the first four videos that the Center for Medical Progress released. The journalist first noted that "the Senate...is going ahead with a vote to try and defund Planned Parenthood. The White House has threatened to veto any measure like that." He then asked the press secretary, "Is it your contention that there's nothing in these secretly-recorded videotapes of Planned Parenthood officials discussing what sounds like profiting from fetal tissue and organ sales – there's nothing in these tapes that bothers you and anyone in the White House?" -
Earnest replied that "these videos...were released because of their shock value, and there's no doubt that's what depicted on these videos is shocking. I know that based on the news reports that I've read about the videos – I haven't actually looked at them." He continued with one of Planned Parenthood's talking points – that "people...have raised significant questions about whether or not these videos are credible – about whether or not they've been selectively edited in a way to grossly distort the position and the policies of Planned Parenthood."
The CNN anchor followed with his point about the whole videos being available on the pro-life organization's website. The White House official responded with more liberal talking points about the administration wanting to "make sure that there is not an ideological effort to wholesale defund Planned Parenthood that provides those important health care services to women all across the country.
" The transcript of the relevant portion of Jake Tapper's interview of Josh Earnest from Monday's The Lead on CNN:
JAKE TAPPER: Josh, I want to ask you about a couple other issues, as long as I have – the Senate, as you know, is going ahead with a vote to try and defund Planned Parenthood. The White House has threatened to veto any measure like that-
JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: That's right-
TAPPER: Is it your contention that there's nothing in these secretly-recorded videotapes of Planned Parenthood officials discussing what sounds like profiting from fetal tissue and organ sales – there's nothing in these tapes that bothers you and anyone in the White House?
EARNEST: Well, Jake, I got to tell you – you know, these videos are – were released because of their shock value, and there's no doubt that's what depicted on these videos is shocking. I know that based on the news reports that I've read about the videos – I haven't actually looked at them. But people who have looked at them have raised significant questions about whether or not these videos are credible – about whether or not they've been selectively edited in a way to grossly distort the position and the policies of Planned Parenthood. And if you consider the source-
TAPPER: The whole – the video – the whole video is put up on – on the website of this anti-abortion group that – that put them out. I mean, you can – you don't have to watch just the edited version. You can watch the whole version.
EARNEST: Yeah. Well, listen, I'm relying on – on news reports that I've seen of people who have taken a look at this and raised questions about the videos themselves. And there's no doubt that this is an organization that has targeted Planned Parenthood for some time. So, they clearly have an ideological axe to grind.
What we know to be true is that Planned Parenthood provides regular health care for millions of Americans across the country, and Planned Parenthood is not able to use federal funds to perform abortions. That is written into the rules. That is a rule that this administration has not just followed, but actually supported.
So it's clear that there are some ideological games that are being played here, and what this administration and this president has long fought for is protecting access for women to health care. And that's exactly why we want to make sure that there is not an ideological effort to wholesale defund Planned Parenthood that provides those important health care services to women all across the country.
TAPPER: Well, somebody at the White House should maybe watch the videos in full.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Perceived by many as a low blow, Earnest’s gibe earned scorn from numerous online critics.
When White House press secretary Josh Earnest attempted to describe the recent allegations against Planned Parenthood as a witch hunt, Fox News Channel’s Kevin Corke took him to task.
Earnest alleged that multiple unbiased sources concluded the series of undercover videos depicting Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the sale of harvested baby parts was in fact a heavily edited smear campaign.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest delivers the daily press briefing to reporters from the White House, beginning today at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET. Check back here at Mediaite daily, where you can watch the full live-streaming video of remarks and answers to questions from the White House Press Corps.
Watch below, via The White House:
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Via: Fox News
Friday, November 22, 2013
Former press secretary for George W. Bush and current Co-host of The Five on Fox News, Dana Perino shares a story about forgiveness from her time in the White House.
Via: Fox Nation
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Former White House Press Secretary and MSNBC contributor Roberts Gibbs told MSNBC on Monday that, even if President Barack Obama’s administration can iron out the problems with the Affordable Care Act’s implementation, they cannot regain the public trust without a personnel shakeup. When asked if he would consider being part of the new team at the White House overseeing the ACA’s implementation, Gibbs said definitively that he would not.
“I do not see how the administration goes forward implementing health care reform into next year with the same team at HHS and CMS that brought us this roll-out,” Gibbs said. “You simply cannot repair your credibility with the American people by having the same people captaining the ship.”
“Have they called you yet to say could you please come back?” Alex Wagner asked.
“The last thing I would want to be in charge of is health care,” Gibbs replied.
“I am not coming back, Definitively,” Wagner concluded, summarizing Gibbs’ position.
Watch the clip below via MSNBC:
Thursday, November 7, 2013
America rejoiced when the White House announced it would re-open for tours after cuts to funding from sequestration. But in a blatant display of irony, visitors to President Barack Obama’s home must show a government-issued photo ID to enter, but not to vote.
Tours of the White House resumed after a seven month hiatus, with the first official tour given to tourists yesterday. But for visitors looking to head inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., they must show valid, government-issued photo ID.
“All guests 18 years of age or older will be required to present a valid, government-issued photo identification … . All foreign nationals must present their passport,” it states on the White House’s ‘Tours & Events’ page.
This criterion is particularly ironic given the fact that the man living inside the White House adamantly opposes voters showing photo ID before heading the the polls.
“This administration believes it should be easier for eligible citizens to vote, to register and vote,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in July. “We should not be imposing unnecessary obstacles or barriers to voter participation.”
But not so much for those looking to tour the taxpayer-funded White House.
Since the United States Supreme Court deemed Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, states likeTexas and North Carolina have begun to put voter ID laws in place.
The Obama administration, though, has struck back against these two states, filing lawsuits on the grounds that voter ID laws “disproportionately impact Hispanic and African-American voters.”
But don’t forget that ID if you want to tour the White House, America.
Via: Red Alert Politics
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The White House has not held a press briefing in the last 15 days, according to records on the White House's website. The last one was held on September 24, 2012, by White House press secretary Jay Carney.
However, in that 15 day time period, and including today, there have been 11 press gaggles. Nine have been conducted by Carney, while 2 have been held by principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest. Campaign surrogates David Axelrod and traveling press secretary Jen Psaki have participated in the gaggles.
But there's a big difference between a gaggle and a press briefing. Gaggles are limited only to those members of the press who are traveling with the president of the United States and are not video taped. Press briefings, on the other hand, are open to credentialed media (who obtain White House approval) and are on camera.
Gaggles tend to by shorter in length than a normal press briefing, usually being held for approximately 10-15 minutes at a time. And are these days very often held aboard Air Force One to accommodate the frequent campaign stops across the country by President Obama.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
WOW! WHAT A SURPRISE IN AN ELECTION YEAR
The administration has waited three years and seven months to implement a new “We Can’t Wait” project that redirects unspent appropriations to fund new construction projects.
The wait delayed the spending announcement until 11 weeks prior to the November election.
The announcement is part of the administration’s “We Can’t Wait” effort, which highlights the president’s authority to change spending, law enforcement priorities and regulations, independent of Congress and the courts.
The redirected $473 million includes funds from appropriation laws passed up to 10 years ago, Josh Easton, the White House’ deputy press secretary, announced Aug. 17.
“Instead of seeing these funds sit idle… we’ll use them to put Americans back to work,” he said. “Some of them are nearly 10 years old,” he announced.
However, even though the money is being released, it is unlikely to have any impact on the economy for several months. That’s because federal funds come with many regulatory and paperwork requirements that need to be processed.
Those requirements greatly reduced the economic impact of the $787 billion 2009 stimulus bill.
Via: Daily Caller
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