Henry to Earnest: You Investigate Journalists, But Not Chickens**t Insult?
Who in the Obama administration called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "chickens**t"?
In the article, entitled "The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here," Jeffrey Goldberg writes:
The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.
This comment is representative of the gloves-off manner in which American and Israeli officials now talk about each other behind closed doors, and is yet another sign that relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments have moved toward a full-blown crisis.
Fox News senior White House correspondent Ed Henry pressed Press Secretary Josh Earnest (video above) on whether President Obama is trying to get to the bottom of the insult.
Officials had indicated they would not be making a robust effort to find out who made the comment to Goldberg.
"You've gone after reporters again and again in this administration to find out who leaked information to them. And then when it comes to insulting the prime minister, you don't seem to care who leaked it," said Henry.
Earnest countered that it was not an "accurate reflection of the administration's policy" and the insult was not an accurate reflection of the administration's views toward Netanyahu.
Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder actually conceded yesterday that one of his biggest regrets about his tenure was the way in which the DOJ went after Fox News' James Rosen.
“I think that I could’ve been a little more careful looking at the language that was contained in the filing that we made with the court. He was labeled as a co-conspirator…. I think that could have been differently, done better," said Holder.
Watch Henry's full report above.
In the interview below, Rudy Giuliani sat down with Greta Van Susteren to discuss the insult toward Netanyahu.
He called on the president to quickly identify who made the remarks, fire the person and make it clear that they are not acceptable.
Giuliani argued that views like this within the administration "come from the top," saying sometimes it feels like the administration is treating Israel like an "enemy."