- At today's White House news briefing, WND asked presidential
press secretary Ari Fleischer about the scripted nature of President Bush's
press conference last night.
- WND: Last night, after the fifth time he had looked down
at an apparent list of reporters, [President Bush] smiled and he said,
"This is scripted."
- FLEISCHER: Are you going to complain he didn't call on
- WND: No, no, no. No, no. Which surely suggests that he
did not write that script, which gave two questions to one network, two
questions to one wire service, and one to other vague and wealthy media
- but left all the rest, including [veteran White House journalist] Helen
Thomas, ruled out in advance of any chance to ask and left us to serve
only as window dressing.
- And my question is, since you are always fair, Ari, in
recognizing all of us, who was it that wrote that script that the president
confessed to? Was it Karl Rove or Karen or who?
- FLEISCHER: It was me who gave the president a suggestion
on the reporters to call. And the president called on all reporters; the
president did not call on any columnists.
- WND: Wait a minute -
- FLEISCHER: No, Lester, we're going to go to the - Lester,
we're moving on.
- (WND inaccurately mentioned one network and one wire
service each getting two questions. Actually, it was two networks, CBS
and NBC, which were twice recognized for question. But deputy press secretary
Scott McCellan noted that one TV and one radio reporter was recognized
from each of these two networks.)
- Les Kinsolving is WorldNetDaily's White House correspondent
and a talk-show host for WCBM in Baltimore.
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