Tuesday, February 14, 2006

McClellan v. Gregory, rd. 491

At yesterday's press gaggle (a press conference with no cameras, before the televised press conference), NBC News' David Gregory and White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan got into another one of their now common pissing contests. Per WashPost:

It featured NBC's David Gregory, one of McClellan's most persistent inquisitors over the last year, who raised his voice while asking a question about the incident.
"Hold on," McClellan interrupted, pointing out that "the cameras aren't on right now. You can do this later."
"Don't accuse me of trying to pose to the cameras," Gregory replied. "Don't be a jerk to me personally when I'm asking you a serious question."
"You don't have to yell," McClellan said.
"I will yell," said Gregory, jabbing his finger in McClellan's direction. "If you want to use that podium to try to take shots at me personally, which I don't appreciate, then I will raise my voice, because that's wrong."
"Calm down, Dave. Calm down," said McClellan evenly.
The two men spoke privately after the gaggle, Gregory said later. No apologies were exchanged.

Holy hotheads, Batman!

A quick background for the unitiated: Remember about a year ago, when the White House press corps decided they were going to act like an unchecked press, after being ripped for swallowing the bullshit for 4 years? Gregory took that mantle and has since decided that he will be the most visibly pissed at McClellan (the highlight of which was the press conference referring to Karl Rove's involvement in Joe Wilson's wife's outing: Gregory to McClellan, "You were wrong then, weren't you?").

Anywho, whether he is doing it to continually score points for being the one to refuse the party line from McClellan (it is worth noting that other reporters, such as CBS Radio's Peter Maer, are less visible but just as resistant to McClellan's spin) or for genuine reporting, Gregory is doing a damn good job of pissing off the White House. At least now, four years later, the press is finally catching up to the responsibility attached to that pesky 1st Amendment.


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