Telling a reporter he wanted to “keep it clean,” White House press secretary Jay Carney today refused to allow WND White House Correspondent Les Kinsolving to participate in asking questions at the daily news briefing.
The reference apparently was to Kinsolving’s question of a few weeks ago about majority Democrats in the U.S. Senate approving a plan to overturn the ban on bestiality in the U.S. military.
Carney was caught off guard by the question and refused to answer it, even though that was exactly the action the Senate had adopted in the Obama administration’s effort to allow open homosexuality in the military.
Senators were in the process of making it legal openly to pursue a homosexual lifestyle in the military and were clearing out a legal ban on such behavior when they included the removal of a ban on bestiality.
The plan, however, never was adopted by the House, and when the issue created a nationwide furor, including a horrified reaction from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, members of Congress reversed the decision before the bill became final.
However, Carney’s snub of Kinsolving apparently was based on that episode, even though Kinsolving today wanted to ask about Barack Obama’s reaction to ABC News commentator George Stephanopoulos asking Mitt Romney questions about states banning contraception at Saturday night’s GOP candidates debate.
Kinsolving wanted to ask, “What was the president’s reaction to candidate Romney’s being asked two questions about the legality of contraception, which the Supreme Court ruled legal 46 years ago?”
He also wanted to ask about the idea of having Democrat operatives, as Stephanopoulos was for years, asking questions at a GOP debate.
However, Carney told Kinsolving, in refusing to allow him to participate in the questions, “I want to keep it clean, Lester.”
However, Carney’s decision to exclude Kinsolving left unanswered questions about Obama’s perspective on what many described as a deliberate smear during the recent debate.
Stephanopoulos asked, “Gov. Romney, do you believe that states have the right to ban contraception or is that trumped by a constitutional right to privacy?”
“George this is an unusual topic that you’re raising. … I can’t imagine a state banning contraception. I can’t imagine the circumstances where a state would want to do so and if a governor of a state or a legislature of a state … I would totally and completely oppose any effort to ban contraception so you’re asking … given the fact that there’s no state that wants to do so and, I don’t know of any candidate that wants to do so, you’re asking could it constitutionally be done…”
He continued, “George I don’t know whether the state has a right to ban contraception. No state wants to. The idea you’re putting forward, things that states might want to do that no state wants to do it. Asking me whether they could do it or not is kind of a silly thing I think.”
Stephanopoulos then noted the 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut U.S. Supreme Court opinion that said states do not have that right.
“I believe,” Romney said, “that the law of the land is as spoken by the Supreme Court and that if we disagree with the Supreme Court, and occasionally I do, we have a process under the Constitution to change that decision. It’s known as the amendment issue.”
Romney said, for example, the Constitution should define marriage as between a man and a woman that the Roe v. Wade decision that nullified state laws banning abortion was wrong.
But he said, “No, states won’t want to ban contraception … it’s working just fine. Leave it alone.”
At the Wall Street Journal, William McGurn wrote, “These questions were designed less to illuminate than to paint Republicans as people who hate gays and are so crazy they might just ban contraception if elected.”
He continued, “When he dismissed the whole line of questioning as ‘silly,’ he made Mr. Stephanopoulos look ridiculous.”
Matthew Boyle at The Daily Caller wrote, “The Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, Mediaite and Kaiser Health News have all sided with Stephanopoulos on the legitimacy of the impossible hypothetical.”
Brent Bozell at the Media Research Center said, “Stephanopoulos was the chief Democrat spinmeister in ’92, and nothing’s changed.”
David Limbaugh wrote, “We’ve been dealing with liberal media bias for years, but George Stephanopoulos’ performance in the Republican president debate … was particularly egregious.
“In many of these MSM-moderated debates, liberal moderators have tried to stir up personal fights between the candidates, which diverts our focus from more important issues and, before national television audiences, shifts attention far away from Barack Obama and his disastrous agenda. … It is improper for the moderators to continually steer the debate away from substance and into the personal. With the moderators constantly stirring up catfights, liberal ends are served, both in placing Republican candidates in the worst light, and in creating the illusion that their primary differences are with one another rather than Obama.”