White House Press Secretary Jay Carney claimed Tuesday that President Barack Obama hasn’t confronted the Justice Department over its spying on Associated Press reporters because of how Fox News might respond.
Carney was asked by reporters why the President hasn’t spoken to Attorney General Eric Holder about the investigation into the AP reporters’ abuse at the hands of Justice officials.
“Imagine the story on Fox if that were to happen. That’s why,” Carney said.
The press secretary went on to say that it would be “wholly inappropriate” for the White House to interject itself into a criminal investigation involving the Justice Department.
“I cannot, and he cannot comment specifically on an ongoing criminal investigation or actions that investigators at the Department of Justice have taken,” Carney said.
But, fear not: Carney claimed that Obama is committed to protecting and enabling the press, with the same breath that he used to dodge a pool reporter’s question.
“I can’t comment on the specifics on that, but I can tell you the president feels strongly the press needs to be unfettered in its pursuit of investigative journalism,” Carney said.
Carney went on, “He firmly believes in the need to defend the First Amendment.”