White House claims radio station deceptively edited interview with Karine Jean-Pierre

 March 29, 2024

The Biden administration alleged earlier this week that a North Carolina radio station released deceptively edited audio footage of White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

Yet according to Breitbart, the station has responded by charging that it is the White House which is being deceptive. 

Host asked if Biden has dementia

The controversy began on Tuesday during a telephone interview Jean-Pierre had with Mark Garrison of WBT Charlotte.

A clip of the interview was posted to social media in which Garrison can be heard asking the White House press secretary about President Joe Biden's mental state.

"When I told a number of people that I was talking to you, it was interesting, they all said, 'Would you ask her does the president have dementia?' So before I move on, does he?" Garrison asked.

White House press secretary called question "incredibly insulting"

A frustrated Jean-Pierre can be heard saying that she "can't even believe you're asking me this question" while denouncing Garrison's line of inquiry as "offensive."

"Let me be very clear about this. For the past several years, the president's physician has laid out in a comprehensive way the president's health," she insisted.

"This is a president who if you watch him every day, if you really pay attention to his record and what he has done, you will see exactly how focused he's been on the American people, how historic his actions have been," Jean-Pierre continued.

"And so I'm not even going to truly, truly, really, you know, take the premise of your question. I think it is incredibly insulting, so we can, you know, move on to the next question," the White House press secretary went on to add.

Deputy press secretary denies that Jean-Pierre hung up

When Garrison asked a question about inflation, Jean-Pierre rattled off a list of Biden's supposed achievements before saying, "And with that, thank you so much Mark, have an amazing day."

While the host observed that Jean-Pierre had "hung up," the Daily Beast quoted a statement from White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates disputing this.

He claimed that Garrison "chose not to air the full interview and instead artificially attached a sound effect that our phones do not make when calls end."

However, Garrison later denied any audio chicanery had taken place, telling Fox News host Ingraham that this "no question" Jean-Pierre hung up.

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