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White House press secretary Jay Carney was described as “rude” when he dismissed without consideration a couple of questions from Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House, during the daily news briefing today.
Kinsolving had prepared to ask a question or two about the court ruling in New York that lets school officials discriminate against churches by renting facilities to any other group.
Kinsolving, however, didn’t even get the question out, as Carney, apparently referencing a previous question from Kinsolving about a formal Senate vote, warned him to “keep it clean.”
Fox Nation immediately posted the headline “Carney rudely dismissed questions from WND’s Les Kinsolving: ‘We gotta keep it clean.'”
The report noted that Carney “blows off” Kinsolving’s questions, “thinking that the content of his questions were going to be offensive and not clean.”
Kinsolving told WND that he’s never experienced such treatment from a press secretary in the White House. As the reporter who is the second-most senior on the White House beat, Kinsolving has worked with some 16 or 17 different press secretaries since the 1970s when he began attending the White House briefings.
“I’ve never before seen behavior by a White House press secretary like this,” he said. “I’ve never before been denied the opportunity to ask questions by any of the other press secretaries I’ve covered.”
Kinsolving, trying to get Carney’s attention, today had shouted out: “Just two questions! Two questions …”
Carney: “Lester, this is a family … this is a … you know we gotta keep it clean here.”
Kinsolving, “Keep it clean? Now wait a minute, what do we mean by that?”
The exchange happened today like this:
Kinsolving's earlier question concerned an effort in Congress to change laws so that its decision to allow homosexuals who publicly acknowledge their sexual orientation to serve in the military succeeds.
Video of the previous exchange:
To facilitate the new military policy, members of the U.S. Senate agreed to repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The section banned sodomy with same- or opposite-sex partners as well as bestiality.
When Kinsolving raised the question, Carney's response was, "Let's get to something more serious."
The move in Congress regarding sodomy and bestiality came in the wake of Washington's decision to authorize open homosexuality, which was banned for centuries, in the U.S. military.
The provision repealing the ban on bestiality never was approved in the House, and the U.S. Senate reversed course after its actions were uncovered.
Kinsolving had asked, "The Family Research Council and CNS News both reported a 93-to-7 U.S. Senate vote to approve a defense authorization bill that, quote, 'includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, but also repeals the military ban on sex with animals, or bestiality.' Does the commander in chief approve or disapprove of bestiality in our armed forces?"
Carney said, "I don't have any comment on – I don't have any comment on that. Let me go to another question."