Pop quiz time for White House Press Secretary Jay Carney!
Reporter: What city does this Administration consider to be the capital of Israel? Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?
Jay Carney: Um… I haven't had that question in a while. Our position has not changed. Can we, uh…
Reporter: What is the capital [of Israel]?
Jay Carney: You know our position.
Reporter: I don't.
World Net Daily's Lester Kinsolving: No, no. She doesn't know, that's why she asked.
Carney: She does know.
Reporter: I don't.
Kinsolving: She does not know. She just said that she does not know. I don't know.
For chrissake, does nobody have a cell phone on them anymore?! Come on, guys. Get your shit together. You're reporters. Do a little research. This is, like, a really easy question to solve. What did they teach you in journalism school? You just type "capital of Israel" into Google and…
Oh, I think I see. Okay…
Governments and scholars alike are divided over the legal status of Jerusalem under international law. Most countries of the world do not recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Many do not recognize it as a city that is properly Israel's. Many UN member states formally adhere to the United Nations proposal that Jerusalem should have an international status…
The chief dispute revolves around Israel’s control of East Jerusalem, while broader agreement exists regarding the Israeli presence in West Jerusalem… As a result, foreign embassies are generally located in Tel Aviv and its suburbs, or suburbs of Jerusalem such as Mevaseret Zion.
So, is this an attempt by the right wing media to draw attention away from Mitt Romney's current international gaffe-venture? Or is everybody in Washington just really really bad at geography?
Either scenario seems equally plausible.
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