Matt Towery

Finally the candy-pants White House press corps has come to its senses. Or at least a few members of that pro-Obama, softball-tossing group of so-called journalists have. Chief among them, and from traditional media, is ABC's Jake Tapper.

I was amazed in early August when Tapper challenged the boyish-looking and smug presidential press secretary Jay Carney (who, ironically, is married to one of Tapper's fellow correspondents at ABC). Tapper up and asked what if any plans the president had to create jobs in America. It was part of a rare, unique barrage of questions toward Carney, and he was unable to handle it.

Carney stumbled and stammered. He was probably shocked that a reporter from one of the old-time networks would dare to challenge Carney's boss. After a few babbled words from Carney, Tapper pressed his point by noting that the president recently had been to fundraisers, but without ever mentioning the topic of jobs.

Carney shot back by basically saying that the president had been working on the issue, and then made this startling statement: "We strongly believe, as I've said, that we will continue to grow and to create jobs ..."

That statement was in early August. But early in September we found out that the nation had not seen any job growth whatsoever. Clearly, Jake Tapper had touched a very sore subject for the president and his press secretary. After Carney's shocking claim, Tapper said: "We hear (President Obama) hectoring Congress about all the stuff that needs to be done to create jobs. What is he doing today?"

Carney danced and sidestepped to the point that the ABC correspondent said, "You're the one always saying the president can walk and chew gum at the same time."

Wow. Had that come from equally qualified reporters from Fox News, it would have been shot down by most media as out of line. But because it came from a reporter from a network that is viewed by many as leaning to the left, it resulted in a stunning knockout blow, with Carney completely at a loss to keep his exposed glass jaw covered.

Now national columnists such as the Los Angeles Times' Andrew Malcolm are starting to take note of Tapper's courage in taking on the previously "untouchable" Obama administration. He writes that: "Quite a few national media outlets must have missed Teamsters President James Hoffa's Labor Day Speech ... because they neglected to mention the union boss's canine quote about the tea party: 'Let's take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where (unions) belong.' "


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
 
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