Friday, March 07, 2003

Media Watch: Last Night’s Press Conference

Ari admits scripting press conference.

Or at least picking who gets to ask questions. See the video here. Another fine catch by Atrios.

Transcript of Video:

ARI: Let's keep moving now, Lester?

LESTER: Last night, after the fifth time the president looked down at an apparent list of reporters, he smiled, and he said "This is scripted."

ARI: Are you going to complain that he didn’t call on you?

LESTER: 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 big and wealthy media, but left all the rest, including Helen Thomas, ruled out in advance of any chance to ask, and left to serve only as window dressing. And my question is: Since you are always fair, Ari, in recognizing all of us, who was it who wrote that script that the president confessed to. Was it Carl Rove? or Karen? or who?

ARI: It was me. I gave the president the suggestion on reporters to call. The president called on all reporters, the president did not call on any columnists. Mark?

LESTER: [Trying to follow up]

ARI: No Lester, we are going to move on.

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