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AP Reporter's Brutal Syria Question for State Dep't Spokeswoman

Posted by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 7:21 PM
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AP Reporter’s Brutal Syria Question for State Department Spokeswoman

 

Associated Press reporter Matt Lee does not mince words.

At a Thursday press briefing, Lee struggled to understand why Secretary of State John Kerry keeps referring to President Barack Obama’s decision to seek congressional authorization for a military strike on Syria as “courageous.”

And his argument is simple: How is it “courageous” to seek permission for something he believes he can do anyway?

“I don’t understand why he is so full-throatedly in favor of this,” Lee said. “He over the weekend said the president was acting courageously by taking this to Congress, and I don’t understand what is courageous about asking permission for something that you say you don’t need and to do what you believe to be the right thing not just morally but in general.”

“Can you explain why this is a ‘courageous’ move, and why the secretary would call it a ‘courageous’ move?” he asked.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki responded with the regular White House talking point about how Secretary Kerry believes military action in Syria should be “limited” and that securing congressional approval is a step in the right direction.

But Lee wasn’t satisfied with this response: “Was there some kind of, like, group spine-removal procedure at the White House over the weekend? I don’t understand. How is this courageous?”

Psaki responded to his remark by reiterating that the White House believes it can go it alone but wants the backing of Congress:

Lee has become known for his pointed and blunt questions during State Department press briefings.

In November 2012, Lee demanded to know why the White House had not rebuked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for referring to Israel as “a terrorist state.”

Further, in April 2013, Lee let State Department Deputy Spokesman Patrick Ventrell know in no uncertain terms that he’s really not impressed with political jargon and non-answers. 

 

grandma B

by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 7:21 PM
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 9:04 PM
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That is classic.

Sounds like more and more journalists are growing spines, and asking tough questions. And thinking independently of the MSM.

Mike Lee. And Jake Tapper. And Sharyl Atkisson...  All great reporters with integrity.

susan115
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 9:45 PM
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Where are all the Anti-War celebrities that were against Iraq?  Have they been kidnapped.  Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, Mat Damon, and list can go on.  Should someone contact the media or the police.

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Sep. 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM
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Lee said. “He over the weekend said the president was acting courageously by taking this to Congress, and I don’t understand what is courageous about asking permission for something that you say you don’t need and to do what you believe to be the right thing not just morally but in general.”

“Can you explain why this is a ‘courageous’ move, and why the secretary would call it a ‘courageous’ move?” he asked.

This says it all and her response was anything but an answer to his question.

momtimesx4
by Member on Sep. 8, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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LOL "group spine-removal procedure"    Love it.

gsprofval
by Gold Member on Sep. 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

 I loved this line, too, but also wonder if there has been some threatening of group and families.


Quoting momtimesx4:

LOL "group spine-removal procedure"    Love it.


 

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