Typical: WH won’t answer questions on broken C-SPAN promise

This will surprise no one (via Memeorandum):

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs declined to answer questions about the president’s campaign commitment to hold health-care negotiations on C-Span. Gibbs said he had not seen a letter from C-Span’s Brian Lamb to congressional leaders requesting the coverage and thus could not comment on it.

On Wednesday, Gibbs was asked again about the C-Span commitment. The story had gotten pretty big in the intervening time, and presumably Gibbs had had a chance to familiarize himself with it. So reporters tried for a second day to get him to comment on the president’s commitment to holding televised health-care talks. Gibbs’ answer? “We covered this yesterday.” Gibbs referred reporters to the transcript of Tuesday’s briefing and said, “The answer I would give today is similar.”

But of course, he hadn’t answered the question at all.

Click the link to read the brief transcripts of the numerous times reporters have brought this issue up to Gibbs in the last two days, and note how many times he gave a definitive answer: none. Video here.

This is about par for the course for the administration that promised “change you can believe in” and “historic transparency.” They’re “transparent” alright.


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