Count Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren among those upset at the way White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to the network’s new White House correspondent, Ed Henry. You’ll recall that, earlier this week, Henry asked Carney, rather bluntly, “What was the point of giving a prime-time address to the nation, without an Obama plan?” Carney, upset, accused Henry of bringing up a “Republican talking point.” The next day, Carney circled back to Henry’s question while responding to another reporter and told Henry that “I know you’re creating…you’re creating a thing here for Fox.”
Now, Van Susteren is coming out in her colleague’s corner through her blog, even calling the White House’s treatment of Henry “pretty petty:”
Our newest correspondent, Ed Henry, was doing his job – trying to get a full answer from the President’s Press Secretary. And when Ed did not get an answer, he did what any strong journalist would do or should do – he continue to probe. So did the Press Secretary then answer the question? No… instead the Press Secretary went petty and exposed some (apparently) underlying resentment. He tried to insult Ed and suggest Ed’s questioning was somehow part of some Fox agenda or attempt to make a statement at Fox (“creating a thing for Fox.”)
I am actually surprised the White House Press Secretary acted that way to Ed. In his “former life” Jay Carney was a journalist and he knows the job is to get answers. This was a cheap shot.
It’ll be interesting to see how this back-and-forth plays out as far as the White House’s already fraught relationship to Fox News.
h/t Greta Wire
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