White House: Public Likely ‘Cringed’ When Reading Sony E-mails

White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Friday said he thinks “a lot of people cringed a bit” when reading Amy Pascal’s hacked Sony emails in which she jokes with producer Scott Rudin about President Obama’s tastes in movies.

Pascal apologized for the racially tinged emails, which she called “insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am.”

Speaking at the White House press briefing, Earnest noted that “at least one of the Sony executives whose emails were made public has apologized for the contents of those emails, and I think that was appropriate.”

“I think a lot of people who read those emails, maybe not everybody, but I think a lot of people cringed a bit when they were reading them,” Earnest said.

CBS News’ Major Garrett pressed Earnest on what he meant, saying, “Because [the emails] were what?”

Earnest joked, “Garrett may think it is my first day here.”

Earnest said that he had not spoken to Obama about the stolen emails.

Pascal and Rudin apologized for the emails on Thursday after Buzzfeed published the leaked exchange.

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