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Miami Dolphins bullying issue makes it to the White House press briefing room

@lesleyclark @MarcACaputo

After repeating and repeating the same types of questions concerning President Obama's misleading statements about Obamacare, a reporter in the White House press briefing room today had enough.

Time to talk football.

Specifically: The Miami Dolphins bullying imbroglio involving Jonathan Martin who claimed fellow lineman Richie Incognito caused extreme mental abuse, including the use of the term "half-n---r."

White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked if President Obama was aware of it, considering the president hosted a 2011 bullying prevention conference at the White House.

"It's important to dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage," Obama said at the time.

The president still "strongly believes that" as does the first lady and the vice president and Dr. Biden, Carney said.

But he said, he hadn't talked with Obama about the Dolphins, so couldn't say what he thought about it.

"I'm confident he's aware of it, but I just don't have a response from the president on it," Carney said.

MostreadA few ways to look at this: Why on earth waste the time of the president's spokesman on something like this? But then, why not? Carney has been ducking and dodging questions of substance for some time, so it makes sense that a bored reporter would change the subject to something that, while it might seem frivolous from a policy perspective, would elicit an actual answer. And let's face it: People are talking about this. Four of the top five most-read stories in The Herald today are about the Martin-Incognito situation (number 5 is a horrid story about a teen's gang rape, and my Charlie Crist story didn't make the cut).