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Our Lying President and His Lying Press Secretary

White House press secretary Josh Earnest has a problem. In a misguided effort to protect his boss, the president, he is continuing to lie.

I use the word lie advisedly but, I believe, correctly. Here’s why.

In an exchange yesterday with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Mr. Earnest continues to peddle the fiction that President Obama did not have ISIS/ISIL in mind when he referred to it in an interview in the New Yorker as a “jayvee team.” Several weeks ago I showed why that claim is false, and so have many others, including Glenn Kessler, the fact-checker for the Washington Post.

It’s simply not plausible to believe the White House press secretary is unwittingly mistaken on this matter. By now he has to know what the truth is. He has to know full well that Mr. Obama had ISIS in mind when he referred to it as a “jayvee team.” So, by the way, does Mr. Obama, who is also deceiving Americans about this matter.

I understand why the president and his press secretary would rather not admit to having mocked ISIS now that it is the largest, richest, most well armed, and most formidable terrorist group on the planet. But Mr. Obama did, and being duplicitous about the fact that he did isn’t going to help anyone. It will, in fact, further erode the president’s credibility.

It is bad enough for this administration to be so inept; it’s worse for them to be so obviously dishonest as well.



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4 Responses to “Our Lying President and His Lying Press Secretary”

  1. KENT LYON says:

    Mr. Wehner thinks Obama still has credibility that can be eroded?

  2. JOE KNIGHT says:

    Peter- great points, but remember that he *didn’t really say* “You didn’t build that!” or, “Syria’s use of chemical weapons would cross a red line”. Also, even though he referenced a video three times in a 2012 UN speech, it was not in any way connected with the Benghazi attack.
    I guess there were just too many tapes of him with the “you can keep your doctor” statement for them to try to walk that one back.
    Frustrating to watch this….

  3. ANDREW MULLEN says:

    Thanks, Peter, as always. I’m deeply troubled that so many in our society are NOT more troubled. They assume that lying is normal. Few in my conversational circles will try to defend the President by arguing that he hasn’t lied. They shrug their shoulders and say, “So what?”

    • ROBERT FIPPINGER says:

      I think part of the reason why those in your circles (and mine)shrug their shoulders is because there is nothing that can be done about it. If the press will not hold the administration to account there is not much a single individual can do.




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