Last Friday, Jay Carney attempted to use Governor Palin as a scapegoat when questioned about the ongoing “breakdown in White House oversight,” regarding the recent scandals involving GSA and the Secret Service. Today, Tony Lee corrects the record for the ill-informed press secretary, over at Big Government:
On Friday, this was evident when the Obama Administration, which has even attempted to politicize the Trayvon Martin tragedy, accused her of politicizing a war in Afghanistan of which she did not speak.
After getting a question about “some Republicans, including Senator [Jeff] Sessions and Governor Palin,” questioning and criticizing President Obama’s general leadership abilities in light of a host of recent incidents that reflect poorly on him at a White House press briefing, Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, said Palin had politicized the war in Afghanistan.
The reporter never specifically said that either Palin or Sessions specifically tied the photos of American soldiers posing with Taliban corpses to Obama’s failed leadership, but that is what Carney wanted to hear, which set the tone for his answer.
Sessions and Palin did nothing of the sort. Sessions linked the Secret Service scandal to other scandals like Solyndra and the GSA. Palin definitively did not say anything political about the troops last night on FOX News’s “On the Record,” when she was forced to comment about the fired Secret Service agent who in, 2008, while on Palin’s detail, wrote on his Facebook page that he was “checking out” the former vice presidential candidate.
In fact, the only mention Palin, who has a son serving in Afghanistan, made of the troops in Afghanistan was when she said, “Thank God that we have the United States military fighting for the defense of freedom.”
After saying the wife of a Secret Service agent who was fired for soliciting prostitutes in Colombia should force him to sleep in the doghouse (and poking fun at Obama’s admission that he had sampled dogs as a child in Indonesia), Palin pivoted toward the many symptoms of Obama’s leadership deficit.
Palin said that it was “a symptom of government run amok” and listed the higher unemployment and less energy security since Obama took office, and she noted that “if the president isn’t held accountable to make sure he’s appointing the right people in these positions to help run our government, then we’re in a world of hurt if we can’t hold him accountable.”
When Carney was pressed by the reporter to comment on whether these incidents reflect badly on Obama’s leadership, Carney again accused Palin of politicizing the war in Afghanistan:
I think on the face of it is a ridiculous assertion that trivializes both the very serious nature of the endeavor that our military is engaged in in Afghanistan and the very serious nature both of the work the Secret Service does, the apolitical nature of the institution, and the seriousness of the investigation underway with regard to the Secret Service and the military and the incident in Colombia.
Carney obviously was ignorant of what Palin said the night before on FOX News, but, instead of doing what a responsible press secretary would do and not comment on things about which he knows nothing, Carney could not resist an opportunity to tear down Palin.
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Also, check out Tony Lee’s piece on Martin Bashir’s “hour-long war on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin,” here.