The Daily Caller, a conservative publication, sent a 16-year-old intern to the daily briefing at the White House and Jay Carney was not amused.
Gabe Finger, a 16-year-old high school junior doing an internship at The Daily Caller, asked White House spokesman Jay Carney if President Barack Obama was providing protection to George Zimmerman and his family.
Carney informed the young man that such protection was the duty of Florida authorities and that Obama had spoken out against violence.
“So they’re on their own?” the intern pressed Carney.
The White House press secretary was clearly irritated and fired back at the young intern.
“You can editorialize all you want, and I have no doubt that you will, but that is a ridiculous statement,” Carney said.
Hmmm, really? Carney has a tough job, no doubt, and having to put up with an intern is probably not helpful, but he should have shown some respect to the 16-year-old who is getting the experience of his life by attending the briefing.
In a joint statement, Daily Caller co-founders Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel defended the decision to have a high school student ask questions at a White House press briefing.
Some reporters in Washington are asking why The Daily Caller sent our intern Gabe Finger to the White House press briefing this afternoon. Talk about missing the point. The real question is, why did it take a 16-year-old intern to raise an obvious and important question that the White House press corps should have asked days ago? We don’t care how old Gabe Finger is. It doesn’t matter to us what his credentials are. All we care about is how well he does his job. Today he did it a lot better than most White House reporters.
What do you think about how Jay Carney treated the 16-year-old intern at the White House briefing?