The WH has turned over 24,000 emails to Congress, but what of it?


by Howard Portnoy

Josh Earnest is a quick study. He’s been on the job as White House spinmeister scarcely two days, and he already sounds and even looks a little like his predecessor, Jay Carney. In the video below he is duking it out with CNN’s Jim Acosta over the missing IRS emails.

As you watch the clip, pay attention to Earnest’s mannerisms and phrasing. Note the mastery of the emphatic, audible podium finger tap (around 0:10), the dismissive wave of the hand as he explains, “I guess if you listen solely to the arguments offered up by Republicans, you might have reason to question [the IRS spokespersons’]credibility” (0:23), the careful enunciation of each syllable as he hammers the final nail in the counterargument:

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