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

Sony Pictures Hacking Scandal

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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  1. PETER says:

    Big deal. Who cares? This is blown way out of proportion. So she think Obama would like black themed movies. Didn’t he even say that he liked that stupid DJANGO?

  2. Lynne Sands says:

    At last! Full equality in Hollywood. Proof positive that women can be every bit as stupid and insensitive as men.

  3. ploome says:

    I think a lot of people cringed when they realized that the President takes sides as in Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, and for this president AND his AG Holder and administration, it is all about race.

    People are also cringing and outraged that a carnival barker like Al Sharpton has become Obama’s go to boy.

    Lots of cringing by the people and regrets

    • Lisa says:

      Yes…I cringed when I read your post and realized yet another disgruntled racist was free on the internet. Their comments had nothing to do with Trayvon Martin or any other news story. I suppose you think that they would’ve never known he was black if he hadn’t commented on Michael Brown?

  4. loco73 says:

    Notice how people say the most awful things possible, and when they get caught its always “that is not who I am”…yeah of course you aren’t…We all think, say and do stupid things. Apologize, and might I also add, ask for forgiveness (whether you get it or not is not relevant, at least the gesture matters), but stop trying to convince everyone that “this is not who you are”…while these thoughts and actions might not describe you entirely, clearly they are at least part and parcel of who you are…

    We all have aspects of our personality we don’t like and those aspects can and will come out at some point in time…better to acknowledge that fact, than pretend it doesn’t exist…

  5. bettheduck says:

    Absolutely Pascal days are numbered. Sony Japan will not allow this disrespect of the President of the United States to stand from one of the low level employees. She can think it does not matter in the give and take of corporate emails. But this is the head of state of the most powerful country in the world. Sony will not tolerate it eventually with in a month.

  6. PETER says:

    No big deal. Who cares? And DJANGO and THE BUTLER sucked anyway.

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