Yesterday the British press went wild over a report that Michelle Obama spent $50,000 on lingerie at Agent Provocateur‘s Madison Avenue boutique. We thought the story, which first appeared in the Telegraph, seemed questionable — and we were right. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has set the record straight.
The Telegraph alleged that Obama had part of Madison Avenue shut down so she could shop for skivvies with Queen of Qatar Sheikha Mozah. During a press briefing at the White House on Monday, Carney denied the story — and slammed British publications in the process.
“At least when I was a reporter, usually the standard for British tabloid reporting was the assumption that it was false. In this case, it’s utterly false, and it’s irresponsible of an American news organization to repeat the story, even allowing that it could be true. So it’s wrong.”
Women’s Wear Daily reports that when pressed for proof that the story wasn’t true, Carney refused. “I’m not going to go there… It’s false.”