Thursday, June 9, 2016

When Logic and Proportion Have Fallen Slopppy Dead

The Daily Press Briefing imbroglio spins even further out of control. See Diplopundit for how the DPB Goes Down the Wabbit Hole.

This exchange, quoted from the link, illustrates exactly why you should never agree to talk to the news media - or the police, for that matter - multiple times on the same topic. You will inevitably say something different the second time, and that will be seized upon, however disingenuously.

Wabbit Hole: How many other people have been ruled out?
QUESTION: But basically, all the person could remember was that they were called and asked to do this, and that they believed it came from elsewhere in PA. I’m told that the person also, however, said that they had no – that they didn’t think it was former spokesperson Jen Psaki. Is that correct?

MR TONER: That’s correct.

QUESTION: Why weren’t we told that on Wednesday? I mean, you said all they can remember is X, but now it turns out it – they remembered more than just X. And I don’t understand why you would say they only remember X and then it turns out they remember more than that, and then we – we learn about it later.

First came the excuse of a technical glitch, followed by an admission of purposeful video editing, followed by a once-over-lightly investigation by the Office of the Legal Advisor, followed by apologies all around and a promise not to do it again. Now, as surely as this is an election year, this lame affair has escalated to an OIG investigation and Congressional oversight hearings.

Not that I presume to tell Spokesperson-Admiral Kirby how to do his job, but really, wouldn't it have been better to say much, much, less to the press? They are not your friends, after all.

Suppose that instead of trying to placate the press, you had let a legal investigation run for a couple weeks - during which time you would, of course, refuse to answer questions - and then announced the lawyers found no crime or administrative offense had been committed and, due to the passage of time, there was no reasonable expectation of finding out more. Suppose you had then pointed out that you have instituted rules to prevent a repetition. And further pointed out that the public record of Ms. Psaki's interview with Fox New reporter James Rosen was never eradicated in the first place, since a transcript exists in State's DPB archive as well as the complete video on a separate DOD site. Hey, members of the press, get over yourselves.

There simply must be more important things PA could be talking about at the Daily Press Briefing.


Anonymous said...

TSB: Here is something a little more important they could talk about, or at least more laughable and fantastic: State Department Delays More Clinton-Related Records Requests... Up To 75 Years! (from Mike Kreiger@liberty blitzkreig)---snip---

Trade is a hot issue in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. But correspondence from Hillary Clinton and her top State Department aides about a controversial 12-nation trade deal will not be available for public review — at least not until after the election. The Obama administration abruptly blocked the release of Clinton’s State Department correspondence about the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after first saying it expected to produce the emails this spring.gwb
Well there’s more to this story. International Business Times reports:--snip--
"It could take up to 75 years to locate all these emails!" (I'm starting to wonder if Hillary's family was responsible for the Armenian Genocide?)

Anonymous said...

TSB: The news says Hillary and Pocahantas are huddled today at the DC mansion to work on strategy for the campaign. But Lindsey Graham tweeted me from Bilderburg to say they are actually discussing next year's Bilderburg. Which one of them will go and which dress to buy for it. Lindsey is now calling himself a 'Senior Advisor to Nato' and complaining they won't put that on his nametag! gwb I think they are afraid he can't keep a secret or get a security clearance.

Anonymous said...

TSB: Interview with really young and cool ex CIA agent turned spy thriller author. I just got his latest book on Kindle for $5.49. Princeton educated and 3 years at Langley. gwb

The God's Eye View: Barry Geisler, interview by Cenk Ugyer

Anonymous said...

TSB: Bernie would have loved this one! gwb
(half the bike riders in my town are retired with long hair and beards and can't afford a car on social security)

Anonymous said...

TSB: I'll be darned! Drudge scooped the networks again.

ISIS ANNOUNCED FLORIDA THREAT 3 DAYS AGO...Gunman Identified As OMAR MIR SEDDIQUE MATEEN; Born To Afghan Parents...29-YEAR-OLD ISLAMIC RADICAL... Had Been Investigated by FBI...
(drudge has to be stopped and Hillary can do it!) gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: He worked 9 years for Gforce!
Snowden warned us about those damned government contractors.gwb

TSB said...

G4 is the world's largest security contractor by sales volume. The Orlando shooter worked on a contract for DHS transporting criminal aliens to the Mexican border. That was despite being interviewed by the FBI - twice - for his associations with extremists.

Anonymous said...

Correctamundo TSB! And MSNBC brought in Brian Williams who can peddle bs better than John Kerry. They have even pre-empted 'Lockup'
because this is going to require us to re-double our efforts to get more information (humint) from where the orders are coming from. He also is able to comment on all the demonstrations,flag waving and song singing protesting these lone wolf attacks. (Rachel,by contract,is home with her family on weekends.) gwb