Mediaite covers for Gibbs who covers for Berwick

Posted: August 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

I now it’s difficult to listen to, but you can skip forward to 1:40 for what was being asked about by CNS News reporter Fred Lucasin the press briefing.

From Mediaite’s take on the exchange:

CNS News’ Fred Lucas was curious to hear White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs‘ take on comments by newly-appointed health care chief czar Donald Berwick about “redistribution.” After slamming Lucas for playing political games and talking about public comments as if they came from a “secret comment book” that he had mysteriously acquired, Gibbs caught Lucas attributing comments to Berwick by Republican Congressman Paul Ryan.

Lucas asked specifically about a comment that “excellent health care is by definition redistribution,” which Gibbs dismissed as “the exact type of political game that the American people have come to understand dominates Washington and doesn’t actually make their health care more affordable.” He also cited support from Bush-era leaders of the health care agency for Berwick, and supported him as someone qualified to run the agency.

The lesson? Robert Gibbs won’t entertain baseless questions from reporters who haven’t done their homework. And when he does, he makes enough of an example out of them to keep the rest of the Press Corps on their toes.

Baseless???? Go listen to that video again and explain to me how you can call that question baseless.


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