Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says White House correspondents “tend to play for the cameras” during televised briefings. Carney says when he would conduct off-camera briefings, “The difference is like night and day, in terms of the tenor.”
On the “Late Show with David Letterman” last night, Carney said correspondents from TV networks who fill the first couple of rows, “tend to be the most agitated, especially when the briefing is televised, but you can’t ignore them, because then that would be the story.”
One of those correspondents, NBC’s Chuck Todd, has responded via Twitter:
@tvnewser and White House press secretaries never EVER play to the camera. He did it daily!
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) July 31, 2014