White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs took the media to task at today’s press briefing for covering too much “he said, she said” when it comes to healthcare reform, and not spending enough time with the actual issues. The following exchange with ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper is highlighted in the above video.
And, look, let’s be honest. You all, the media, tend to cover, “X said this, Y said this,” but some of you — but not everyone — does an investigation about whether what X said is actually true. Now, that’s not — I’m not — that’s not a blanket statement. Not every one of you is that.
TAPPER: We’ve called the death panels false. I don’t know what more you want from us.
GIBBS: Well, I don’t think everybody’s called them false. I think a lot of people have done stories about — again, it’s he said/she said, no pun intended, because actually she said it. I don’t think there’s any doubt that in some ways — look, I — I think some of you were disappointed yesterday that the president didn’t get yelled at, sure. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.
The exchange was in response to a Tapper question that asked if Obama “had lost control of the message” around healthcare reform and more specifically, “Is everything that’s going on right now what you feared would happen?”