Press Secretary Jay Carney's response to a setup question on the Nigerian kidnappings showcases three key aspects of political journalism: the nut-punch, the shop, and the subtle response.
White House Reporters Want To Know Why They Can’t See The Ninjas
May 15, 2014

Via Liberaland:

At Wednesday’s White House Daily Briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked to react to Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) suggestion that the United States send special forces to Nigeria in order to rescue the kidnapped girls from the Boko Haram terrorists who abducted them. Carney’s response is being reported as “White House: No US Special Forces to Nigeria,” but really, people, what was he supposed to say? “Yes, it is now time for these guys to really tool up, because here we come!”

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