Real Clear Politics reports that in yesterday's press briefing, Carney was spinning away:
White House press secretary Jay Carney first says Republicans "forced" President Obama to deny the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. Later in his press briefing, Carney says Obama didn't turn down the pipeline.
"In terms of Keystone, as you all know, the history here is pretty clear. And the fact is because Republicans decided to play political with Keystone, their action essentially forced the administration to deny the permit process because they insisted on a time frame in which it was impossible to completely approve the pipeline," Carney said when asked about the pipeline by ABC News' Jake Tapper.
The problem is that the Keystone Pipeline has been under consideration by Pres. Obama since 2009. The only reason Republicans resorted to a 'deadline' for making a decision is because the president hadn't made one in over three years!
Or, as Michael Chamberlain at the Cranky Hermit said, "So President 'Pass This Bill Now' is telling Congress not to rush him?"
Isn't this also the President who said, "We can't wait"?
Carney later explains that the State Department didn't have time to do a proper review and that this was all about Republicans playing politics.
But what he fails to share, and what reporters either don't know or don't want to ask about, is that 10 other agencies had enough time to do a review, and - approve the pipeline!
The Corps of Engineers approved it.
The Department of Agriculture approved it.
The Department of Commerce approved it.
The Defense Department approved it.
The Homeland Security Department approved it.
The Department of Interior approved it.
The Justice Department approved it.
The Department of Transportation approved it.
The Environmental Protection Agency approved it. Yes, the EPA - certainly not an agency known to issue approvals in a timely manner.
If all these agencies could approve the pipeline in three years, why can't the State Department?
And why don't reporters call Carney on this fact?
As Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) said:
"Well, we fought and won World War II in less time than it’s taken so far to evaluate this project. I mean, with all due respect, it is an insult to the American people to say that you need more time."
An insult, indeed!
Sadly, the only one playing politics with the pipeline is Obama.
But will the American public ever know if reporters fail to challenge the spin and lies?