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  •  Thanks. There are definitely some wingnuts. (7+ / 0-)

    Connie Lawn, who advertises herself as the Senior White House correspondent because she was first given access decades ago is one of them.  She's not there often.  Lester Kinsolving is another wingnut and the two of them together have tried to tag team Carney.  Last summer they asked Carney to name the capital of Israel knowing that diplomats tiptoe around that issue because of the status of Jerusalem.  Carney doesn't take shit from them and he has even joked about Connie Lawn when she wasn't there.

    "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln

    by leftreborn on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 04:19:46 PM PST

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    •  Thanx. Skiing correspondent of the WH. (3+ / 0-)
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      That's really an impressive postion. Ski hats off to Carney for putting up with her.  While I wonder if PBO has ever taken a question from her, I prefer not to link to her blog to find out.

      "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

      by BlueStateRedhead on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 04:37:09 PM PST

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    •  40 years ago, Lawn and Kinsolving.... (7+ / 0-)

      ..were sideshows at the White House and occasionally in the House Radio-TV Gallery. She was stringing for a few radio stations, including an Israeli radio station. Kinsolving was a syndicated columnist, and, later became a talk show host on a local AM station in Baltimore but kept his credentials.

      I don't mean to disparage stringers or folks trying to break into the news business as independents. I was one of them, and used to attend and "cover" dinner meetings of the National League of Cities, Conference of Mayors, the DCCC, the RCCC, and the like because I wasn't making enough money to pay my living expenses, and this was the only way I could get a filet mignon, stewed tomato, salad, and the like. I couldn't afford a burger at Roy Rogers at the end of the month, so covering events kept me fed when I ran out of money, waiting for checks from my clients. I was in the business a number of years before I learned that "freeloading press" was actually two words.

      There was even one woman - the late Naomi Nover - who was a member of the WH Press Corps who didn't work for anyone. She was the elderly widow of Barney Nover, a respected newsman, and ran the Nover News Service after he died. Eventually, she had no clients, but came to work anyway. It was a sweet, sad game of "let's pretend," that everyone played.

      Many of us who were stringers and independents did - in fact - establish ourselves in the business. Others took their experience into other fields, like becoming spokespeople for industry groups.

      But there was - and is - Lester Kinsolving. Lester Pester or Father Bother, as he is known behind his back. I cringe when I hear his nasally voice. And when I hear him or Connie, I think of the Paul Simon lyrics...

      "Still crazy after all these years."

      •  This is CLASSIC! I'd rec' it 10 times. Really (2+ / 0-)
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        enjoyed reading that.

        Jay Carney seems to get along with the cast of characters facing him even though he snarls and sneers.  He meets them on their own terms but he remains authoritative.  One day he started out by saying that he was going to ask for hard questions first but Connie wasn't there that day.  He got a pretty good laugh.  

        It seems to me the Press Corps dutifully reported the party line when Bush was President.  I always thought that they didn't want to end up like Helen Thomas.  They don't hold back much today.

        "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln

        by leftreborn on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:46:16 AM PST

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      •  Thanks, good story. I love to hear that there is (0+ / 0-)

        still some openness to being able to get into, professionally what look like closed settings at such a high level. Glad to hear it paid off for you personally (and fed you in your salad days), and it sounds like a fascinating experience. I love being able to sneak into things like this in the world.

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