When Ed Henry made the move from CNN reporter to Fox News chief White House correspondent in late June, the liberal watchdog group Media Matters instantly painted him a right-wing blowhard. Now the White House is striking a similar chord. During today's briefing, Henry got into a verbal back-and-forth with White House press secretary Jay Carney over whether President Obama should file a debt plan with the CBO, as John Boehner and Harry Reid have. As a result, Carney dropped the F-bomb: "I know you're creating a thing here for Fox," he snipped.
"That's not what I'm doing," Henry replied indignantly as the press core collectively murmured. "And you know better than that."
The question was a little silly because drafting specific budget plans is typically the job of Congress, not the president, though Henry did suggest that the president could ask a Democratic senator to file a plan with the CBO on his behalf. Regardless, to some it seemed like a low blow by Carney. "Really? Really?" asked Glynnis MacNicol at Business Insider. "This is day 2 for Henry. That the White House thinks it's already okay to attribute his totally normal badgering to the network he works for, for the second day in row, says a great deal more about how the White House views Fox than vice versa."