On Feb. 3, syndicated columnist Daniel Pipes opened his writing with the following:
“Some, especially in the mainstream media, pretend that not Jerusalem but Tel Aviv serves as the capital of Israel. (Tel Aviv hosts the Ministry of Defense but not much else of the central government.)”
Then, after quotes from Agence France Press, the New York Times, CTV and the BBC, Mr. Pipes noted the following:
The White House press secretary, Jay Carney, did not say that Tel Aviv was the capital. But he also did not say it was not in this semi-comical exchange with reporters:
1st Reporter: What city does this administration consider to be the capital of Israel? Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?
Carney: Um … I haven’t had that question in a while. Our position has not changed. Can we, uh …
1st Reporter: What is the capital?
Carney: You know our position.
1st Reporter: I don’t.
2nd Reporter: No, no. She doesn’t know, that’s why she asked.
Carney: She does know.
1st Reporter: I don’t.
2nd Reporter: She does not know. She just said that she does not know. I don’t know.
Carney: We have long, let’s not call on …
2nd Reporter: Tel Aviv or Jerusalem?
Carney: You know the answer to that.
2nd Reporter: I don’t know the answer. We don’t know the answer. Could you just give us an answer? What do you recognize? What does the administration recognize?
Carney: Our position has not changed.
2nd Reporter: What position?
Carney ignored him and moved on to another question. (July 26, 2012)
I am delighted that columnist Pipes quoted this exchange, from what I do believe was his consulting the White House transcript.
White House transcripts identify the spokesman by name, every time he (or she) speaks – but never identifies the questioning reporters.
In this instance, the “1st Reporter” was Connie Lawn of USA Radio Network.
The second reporter, I am honored to note, was yours truly, Les Kinsolving of WND and WCBM Baltimore.
From that July 26 until Election Day in November, Jay Carney refused to recognize me for any questions at all. So with Obama’s re-election and Carney’s continuance as his press secretary, I decided to end coverage rather than continue to pay $10 parking fees only to be Carney-ized.
Media wishing to interview Les Kinsolving, please contact [email protected].