High Schooler Ticks Off Jay Carney

Daily Caller intern asks about protection for Zimmerman

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 17, 2013 7:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – Maybe the first hint that the questioner wasn't your typical White House correspondent came after his exchange with Jay Carney: "Just angered Obama's press secretary," read the tweet. "Word." Turns out, the questioner is a 16-year-old junior in high school and intern at the conservative Daily Caller, reports Politico and the Washington Post. Gabe Finger asked Carney whether the White House planned to offer protection to George Zimmerman's family, and when Carney deferred to Florida authorities, the teen asked, "So they're on their own?"

Responded Carney: “You can editorialize all you want, and I have no doubt that you will, but that is a ridiculous statement." The site and the teen are taking a lot of ribbing, especially from other members of the press, writes Noah Rothman at Mediaite. But he's not among them: "From outside The Bubble, the appearance of media elites bristling over (the) gall of an intern for merely asking a question of a government official is not a good look."

White House press secretary Jay Carney.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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High schooler Gabe Finger questions Jay Carney.

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