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10/08/2014 12:51 pm ET

Press Secretary Josh Earnest Reveals Most 'Delightful' White House Reporter

"Delightful" might be the last word a press secretary might use to describe a reporter.

During Tuesday's segment of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's new Bloomberg show, "With All Due Respect," however, nice reporters were the topic of discussion for guest White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

When egged on to name "the consistently most delightful reporter in the White House Press Corps," Earnest replies, "I got to choose somebody I don't like, so I don't harm them."

Earnest then names Jonathan Karl, ABC News' chief White House correspondent, who's well-known for his hard-hitting questions and confrontations with press secretaries. Earlier this summer, for example, Karl and Earnest had a heated exchange over the White House's handling of the border crisis in which thousands of undocumented children faced deportation.

“Jon Karl is consistently the nicest, friendliest, most direct guy, down-to-earth, friendliest individual you’d ever want to meet,” Earnest says.

That was sort of a compliment, right?

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