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5/18/2005

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Filed under: Media — Dangerous Dan @ 1:45 am

As long as we're talking about liberal media bias, I'll point you to this Powerline post that has some of the questions asked of White House spokesman Scott McClellan at a press conference. I expect the press to be adversarial (ideally), but it's clear from many of the questions that the reporters asking them don't really care what McClellan has to say. They've already made up their minds about the truth and just want McClellan to admit to it.

Take this gem:

Q. Q Let me follow up on that. What — you said that — what specifically are you asking Newsweek to do? I mean, to follow up on Terry's question, are you saying they should write a story? Are you going that far? How else can Newsweek, you know, satisfy you here?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, as I said, we would encourage them to continue working diligently to help repair the damage that has been done because of this —

Q. Are you asking them to write a story?

MR. McCLELLAN: — because of this report. I think Newsweek is going to be in the best position to determine how to achieve that. And there are ways that I pointed out that they can help repair the damage. One way is to point out what the policies and practices of our United States military are. Our United States military personnel go out of their way to make sure that the Holy Koran is treated with care —

Q. Are you asking them to write a story about how great the American military is; is that what you're saying here?

MR. McCLELLAN: Elisabeth, let me finish my sentence. Our military —

Q. You've already said what you're — I know what — how it ends.

The reporters are mortally offended that the White House has publicly complained about Newsweek's reporting. Thing is, the White House has a reason to chasten Newsweek. The magazine printed a false story that has had serious foreign policy implications for America in the Muslim world. If a false story in a news magazine set back years of hard, dangerous, and expensive work I had done, I'd be a little miffed too.

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