In a scene that underscored the Obama administration's icy, often contentious relationship with Fox News, White House press secretary Jay Carney lashed out at the cable channel's brand-new chief White House correspondent Ed Henry during Wednesday's press briefing.
Henry, on his third official day with Fox News since jumping from CNN, pressed Carney on the president's debt reduction plan, asking if Obama would file his with the Congressional Budget Office.
"Look, I know you're creating a thing here for Fox," Carney shot back.
"That's not what I'm doing," Henry responded. "And you know better than that."
The exchange followed a similarly testy one on Tuesday.
These are only the latest clashes for an administration that has a relatively long history of feuding with Fox. In 2009, then-White House communications director Anita Dunn went on CNN to bash FNC, and later told the New York Times, "We're going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent."
The rift escalated, with the White House declaring that the president would not appear on the News Corp.-owned network for the remainder of 2009.
That stance eventually softened, and Dunn eventually stepped down.
You can watch a clip of Wednesday's briefing below:
- Anita Dunn
- White House correspondent
- Jay Carney
- White House press secretary
- Congressional Budget Office
- News Corp