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February 07, 2013

White House calls Daily Show interview "more substantive" than others

Polls suggest a number of Americans get their news from Comedy Central's The Daily Show and the White House Thursday gave the show the stamp of approval, with Press Secretary Jay Carney citing an October interview in which Obama defended his controversial drone program.

Carney cited the interview with host Jon Stewart as one of the times that Obama had talked publicly about the drone program, saying that Obama "told an interviewer that 'one of the things that we’ve got to do...is put a legal architecture in place and we need congressional help to do that to make sure that not only am I reined in, but any President is reined in, in terms of some of the decisions that we’re making.' "

Asked whether the White House considered the Daily Show "a proper platform for a foreign policy discussion, Carney replied that Obama was answering a question asked of him.

"I think it is worth going back to the interviews that the President gave during the campaign, and I think you would note that that interview was more substantive than many others," Carney said.


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