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The pussycats roar

By Michael J. Smith on Thursday May 29, 2008 06:06 PM

Former Bush press secretary Scott McClellan's kiss-and-tell book includes some uncomplimentary -- and, I think, quite accurate -- comments about the news media:
"If anything, the national press corps was probably too deferential to the White House and to the administration in regard to the most important decision facing the nation during my years in Washington, the choice over whether to go to war in Iraq.

"The collapse of the administration's rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should never have come as such a surprise. … In this case, the 'liberal media' didn't live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served."

Two Plus Two Equals Four, Say Experts! Stop the presses!

The public tribunes of the press, however, see no reason to question their own general flawlessness:

"It's a stunning and unsupportable statement," pronounced Mark Knoller, CBS Radio correspondent. "Transcripts of McClellan's press briefings provide more than ample evidence of the intense scrutiny imposed on the White House and its policies by members of the press. Most days, McClellan left the briefing room lectern positively spent by the pounding he faced from reporters."

ABC's Ann Compton was perplexed: "Is Scott suggesting the White House press corps can stop, or start wars?"

David Gregory, NBC News' chief White House correspondent, opined: "I think he's wrong." He added: "I think we pushed, I think we prodded. ...The right questions were asked."

I like the bit from the CBS guy about how he "pounded" McClellan until he was "spent" every day. I bet he says the same about his girlfriends.

Comments (3)

Michael Hureaux:

It'll blow over like it always does. None of these creeps care about what they've set loose.

More proof of the Hermann & Chomsky model's power. As if the proper source for the undone journalism would ever have been standing on the Briefing Room podium.

Beyond the sourcing bias, the system certainly does attract the kinds of brainless rats who can make it through the maze.

Nicholas Hart:

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