Jay Carney to Brian Williams: ‘Close Hold: We Got Bin Laden. Tell No One.’

By Joe Ciarallo Comment

While some have questioned White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s job performance in the last few weeks, he was certainly very clear when communicating with one of the nations’ most well-known reporters on the Bin Laden news.

Politco’s Playbook provides us with this nugget from an upcoming story by Howard Kurtz in Newsweek.

“[NBC ‘Nightly News’ anchor] Brian Williams … was in his Connecticut kitchen … when White House spokesman Jay Carney called to say he should get to the chair: ‘Close hold: we got bin Laden. Tell no one.’ Williams threw on a suit, wiring up his earpiece to save time. He raced his Chevy SUV to Manhattan, shaving with an electric razor on the way…

Here’s an interesting follow up: how many other journalists got the direct call from Carney, versus a mass message, or a call from another member of the White House communications team?