"This administration has a record on transparency that outdoes any previous administration's."
So astonishingly said White House press secretary Jay Carney on CNN Thursday without the slightest pushback from host Piers Morgan (video follows with transcript and commentary):
PIERS MORGAN, HOST: Final question, Jay Carney. Obviously the president made a big deal when he came into office of being not like previous administrations and was going to be much more transparent. The charge today after this week is that you have had that reputation for transparency pretty heavily dented. Do you accept that and just on a general picture, how are you going to move on now and restore perhaps faith that some Americans have lost this week in your openness and honesty?
JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Well, I'm not sure, again, you're concocting scandals here that don't exist, especially with regard to the Benghazi affair that was contrived by Republicans and I think has fallen apart largely this week. The fact of the matter is that we, that this administration has a record on transparency that outdoes any previous administration's, and we are committed to that. The president is committed to that.
Given all that has happened in the past few weeks, one would imagine a real journalist pushing back on Carney's claim about this being the most transparent administration in history.
Nope. Not our boy Piers:
MORGAN: Jay Carney, you've probably been the busiest man in Washington this week, and for that reason, if nothing else, I genuinely appreciate you taking the time to come and talk to me tonight.
CARNEY: Piers, I was glad to do it. Thank you for having me.
MORGAN: Appreciate it.
He's quite a journalist that Piers Morgan, isn't he? Baghdad Bob can say anything he wants on Morgan's show with total impunity.
THIS is CNN!