Obama's Bodyguard Of Lies
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday that he doesn’t lie.
But his office did lie on Monday for national security reasons.
On Monday evening the White House’s press office distributed a fake Tuesday schedule for the president. The deceptive document went to the White House press corps, and to the many other media outlets and non-media groups that track the president’s schedule.
“In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet with Secretary of Defense [Leon] Panetta in the Oval Office,” said the 6:31 p.m. email, titled “Daily Guidance and press schedule for Tuesday, May 1, 2012.”
The guidance also announced that Jay Carney, the president’s press secretary, would give a press briefing at 3 p.m.
Several minutes before the scheduled briefing, the first pool report came in from reporters traveling with the president. “President Barack Obama is in Afghanistan for a whirlwind visit that will culminate in a live, televised address to the American people,” said a 2:56 p.m. pool report from Kabul.
At 3:06 p.m., Carney’s office released a new email. “Updated: There will not be a daily press briefing today,” it said.