“We could go down the list of questions–we could say ‘What about the president’s birth certificate? Was that legitimate?’”
—–Jay Carney, in yesterday’s news media briefing, apparently suggesting that public concern with at least four episodes raising legitimate questions regarding serious misconduct at high levels of the Obama Administration was the equivalent of “birtherism.”
At this point, it is fair to say that Jay Carney can no longer be expected to be honest, responsible or professional, and thus can be included among the elite class of public figures, like Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Bill Maher and Newt Gingrich, to whom absurd and unethical utterances are like breathing in and out, are shameless, and barely noteworthy on an ethics blog. Unethical people say and do unethical things. That pretty much covers it.
Carney, however, is not like the others in that he speaks for the White House, and Barack Obama. For Carney to suggest that it is ridiculous for the news media to pursue evidence of intentional and long-term lying to the American people regarding the death of an ambassador, the I.R.S. police power being used to hamper and intimidate political opponents of the President, high officials withholding evidence of wrongdoing from the public and perhaps lying to Congress about it, the Justice Department harassing and surveilling news organizations as well individual reporters, and blatantly unethical conduct by a Cabinet official, and to assert that questions about these matters are the equivalent of asking whether the President was really born in Kenya, is both an insult and a revelation….several, in fact:
Revelation #1: Apparently even completely asinine, inappropriate and suspiciously evasive public comments that reflect directly on the President of the United States is not sufficient to get someone sacked in this Administration.
Revelation #2: Since Carney speaks for the President, the President doesn’t think any of the misconduct listed above is especially important or worthy of discussion. No wonder these things occurred. And occur. And will continue to occur.
Revelation #3: The White House seems to regard all critics with the same contempt it has for birthers, who are generally racist conspiracy theorists who want to believe that the nation’s first black President had no right to run for office. It is the criticism, not the content of it, that is apparently offensive.