Carney Defends White House Transparency


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Sunday defended the administrations record on transparency in response to New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s charge that it is the “most secretive White House” she has ever covered.

“I strongly disagree with that statement,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I know from experience that it’s wrong. And, you know, we provide an extraordinary amount of information and access to reporters.”

When asked if as a reporter, he would have been satisfied with the information the administration provides to the press, Carney admitted that he wouldn’t be.

“Jay Carney, reporter, would never be satisfied with the amount of information that any White House or any Congressional office [shared],” he said, adding that it’s the press’ job to push the President for information. “What I would tell you is that you and all of your colleagues and my former colleagues in the press absolutely have to be beating on us and others around Washington to get as much information as you can.”