It’s a good thing the White House holds those press briefings, because how else would the President of the United States and his staff learn what’s going on in the world? Obama doesn’t get to watch TV during the day, so he learns about breaking scandals the same time the rest of us do, and sometimes much later. It’s no surprise, then, that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney claims the White House didn’t know anything about Eric Holder and the Justice Department pulling the phone records of AP reporters.

The Department of Justice? That’s just another independent organization, like the IRS or the State Department or the Vice President or @barackobama.

… and that’s the way they’d like to keep it, thanks.