The Daily Caller Sends Uneducated Intern To White House, Defends How He Made Them Look Like Idiots (VIDEO)

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Civics is an important class for every student to take. Sadly, civics has fallen victim to budget cuts and eroding educational standards. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) has reported that less than 1 in 4 schools even offers comprehensive civics classes. This fact was brought to center spotlight by The Daily Caller earlier this week. For their correspondent spot at the White House, instead of sending in a top reporter, or even any form of journalist at all, The Daily Caller sent Gabe Finger, a 16-year-old intern, to the White House. And he stepped up, and made himself, and The Daily Caller, look like complete buffoons.

Here is the video:

The question being:

“Because of the death threats being received by George Zimmerman and his parents, is the president going to take any action for their security or are they on their own?”

Jim Carney humored the teenager, but the frustration was obvious. Why was this teenager asking if the president was going to send security for a Florida man who is infamous for engaging in vigilante justice? But when Carney dismissed the very basis of the argument, this only forced Mr. Finger to push harder:

“So they’re on their own?”

At that point, Mr. Carney had enough and cut him down, calling the statement ridiculous. And that is what it was, ridiculous. The president does not run a security company. What would Gabe Finger expect him to do, set up a pair of tanks on either side of the Zimmerman home? How about a squadron of predator drones? Would that make Mr. Finger and The Daily Caller happy?

In response to criticism regarding their sending an intern to cover the White House press room, Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel of The Daily Caller issued a statement (with musical accompaniment not included here):

Some reporters in Washington are asking why The Daily Caller sent our intern Gabe Finger to the White House press briefing this afternoon. Talk about missing the point. The real question is, why did it take a 16-year-old intern to raise an obvious and important question that the White House press corps should have asked days ago? We don’t care how old Gabe Finger is. It doesn’t matter to us what his credentials are. All we care about is how well he does his job. Today he did it a lot better than most White House reporters.

This highlights the usual problem from anything coming out of The Daily Caller, their complete and total detachment from reality. They, along with their intern, completely and absolutely fail in comprehending civics. To them, the problem was not that they had an intern asking the White House if the federal government was going to send the 101st airborne to protect the Zimmerman family, but that no other journalist had.

This brings us to the point of the lesson today: Civics.

One does not ask the President to put out a kitchen fire, they call their local fire department. If George Zimmerman has a credible threat to his life, he does not call upon the President to deploy Seal Team 6, he calls the local police department and hopes they listen to him better than he listened to them.

Of course, Gabe Finger himself is delighted in the attention. The high school junior has been expressing his happiness over his Twitter account. But, he is no stranger to Daily Caller readers; he’s contributed already with a new, heavy-hitting article, “ObamaCareNado wreaks havoc upon the country [VIDEO].” His piece, sadly, fails to live up to the hype of “Sharknado” and is little more than an advertisement for Karl Rove’s latest attack ad. Older pieces include a diverse range of topics such as Dennis Rodman, supporting vigilantes, and Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption charges. A fairly normal resume for an intern at a news aggregation service.

Gabe Finger is still young, so hopefully he will learn the difference between a local and a federal government official. Asking the President about security for a vigilante is no more logical than asking his local crosswalk guard for tactics to defend against drug cartel smuggling. Their focus is on very different levels. One can make a case for giving a student such an opportunity, but having that student ask inane questions that make you look like a bunch of ignorant fools and then defending your decision… that is a case for failure.

Gabe Finger failed his civics lessons, as The Daily Caller is failing theirs.