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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 02/15/2011

Jay Carney and Dan Snyder are friends

By Dan Steinberg

(By Charles Dharapak - AP)

Dan Snyder's owner's box at FedEx Field has long been filled with notable Washingtonians, from Sam Donaldson to Alan Greenspan to Bernard Shaw to Tony Kornheiser to Al Hunt to Chris Matthews.

Add another name to the list. Turns out new White House press secretary Jay Carney is also a regular inside the Snyder inner sanctum. Carney's personal financial disclosure statement was released Monday evening, and Politico's Ken Vogel put this item at the bottom of his report:

The form also showed that Carney accepted as gifts two tickets to the owner's suite at two different Washington Redskins National Football League games from team owner Dan Snyder, who Carney describes on the form as a "long-time personal friend." Carney valued the tickets - to the 2009 home opener versus the St. Louis Rams and a December game against the New Orleans Saints - at $466 total.

Now, I happen to know that Carney is also a long-time acquaintance of Dave McKenna, the City Paper writer who wrote that famous story. Maybe the press secretary could lead a summit or something and help achieve peace in our time.

By Dan Steinberg  | February 15, 2011; 10:56 AM ET
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getting scared steinberg?

Posted by: Hondo5 | February 15, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I need somebody to help me out here, what was the name of the guy that St. Jack Kent Cooke blacklisted from his box at RFK after he drew/ran a cartoon in The Washingtonian critical/lampooning the collection of politicos, journalists, and celebs who sat in his box during Redskins games at RFK?

Posted by: CapsNut | February 15, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Snyder, a longtime Republican donor, sure seems to have a lot of buddies in prominent liberal circles.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 15, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Who wouldn't expect a dwarf like Dan Snyder not to know a few Carnies?

Posted by: alex35332 | February 15, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

You'd think this WH would be sensitive to racist team names/mascots.

Posted by: rdpinva | February 15, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys,

Does anyone around here think the name "redskins" is racist or anything?

Just curious. Personally I'm okay with the name. I wonder if anybody else feels different....

Posted by: Scoonie97 | February 15, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

You'd think this WH would be sensitive to racist team names/mascots.

Posted by: rdpinva | February 15, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

When less than 1 out of 10 Native Americans, according to polls, find the name Redskins offensive--why do so many patronizing people find it offensive on their behalf?

I imagine it must be very frustrating for people like you when you see the overwhelmingly vast majority of Native Americans aren't bothered by the team name. I can picture you angrily lecturing them on how they SHOULD be offended by it, and them explaining right back to you that it just doesn't offend you scratch your head.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 15, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | February 15, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Barno, what about the 1 dude who is mad? Are we just not supposed to worry about him?

Posted by: jpfterps | February 15, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse


Gallup, the most trusted name in polling, often has a disclaimer in polls when upwards of 90% of the public agrees on something. According to them, 90-95% equated to "unanimity," because no matter what the question, you will always get somewhere between 5-10% to answer any given way on any given poll question. For instance, 10% of the American public doesn't believe we actually landed on the moon. But can you find me a single adult of relatively stable mental health that actually believes that? Probably not. So, just because 9% of Native Americans voted "yes" on that question, doesn't mean 9% are truly offended.

Are there some Native Americans who have been convinced over time by propaganda that they should be offended by the name Redskins? Sure. But it's a statistically insignificant number. Of the 9% of Native Americans who voted "yes", an even smaller percentage are likely genuinely offended, while some people disingenuously feign outrage whenever the opportunity arises.

Lastly, as I've pointed out before, there are "activist" groups, namely the extremist Native American lobby, who use this issue as a fundraising tool in direct mail. It's how they raise their money and profile. Don't buy into that extremist nonsense. Mainstream Native Americans almost universally aren't bothered by it, no matter how badly so many non-Native Americans want to believe otherwise.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 15, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

$466 to attend 2 games in the owner's box? Me thinks that some extra digists are missing in that valuation. I hope the IRS folk see this and call for an audit. The darn club seats in front of the owner's box probably cost that much for just 1 seat for 1 game (plus parking).

Posted by: bbmcoachk | February 15, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

barno you so funny

Posted by: fitzge | February 16, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

barno, I dont want the name changed, but I dont see how we can act like the name isnt ridiculous.

We are just defending the status quo here. There is no chance if we were getting an expansion NFL team Redskins would ever be considered

Posted by: jpfterps | February 16, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

You're probably right that it wouldn't be considered. But that still doesn't mean the term is racist or offensive. I'd argue changing the name would offend a lot more people than keeping it would. I'd also argue that there aren't any Irish extremist activists out there trying to raise money by feigning outrage over the team name "Fighting Irish" but if there was an expansion team there is no chance that team name would be considered. Still doesn't make it a racist or offensive name.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 16, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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