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Press Corps Furious At Obama For Not Offering Bland Comment On Special Election While Meeting Mexican President

Our sterling Washington press corps’ second-favorite thing to write about, trailing only “their own upcoming books,” is that Obama will not talk to them all the time and entertain every one of their useless spin-ready leading questions. The New York Times‘ Peter Baker is our latest example, having written a SNIPPY article today defending his colleague Chip Reid of CBS, who wanted to ask Obama about some midterm political gossip during his White House photo-op with the Mexican president, and was DENIED, tragically, for all. Read more on Press Corps Furious At Obama For Not Offering Bland Comment On Special Election While Meeting Mexican President…
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Obama Boots More Journalist Enemies Off Plane

What a sore winner this guy is! The only three newspapers in the country to endorse John McCain — the New York Post, Washington Times, and Dallas Morning News — have all been given the heave-ho from Barack Obama’s pwecious pwane. Now they will all have to fly commercial in order to get to various events in the last stretch of the campaign. This is the journalistic equivalent of having to walk through the town square in a pom-pom hat and a thong. [Drudge Report] Read more on Obama Boots More Journalist Enemies Off Plane…
 

Obama Press Corps Hilariously Fooled During Secret Meeting

How did Hillary Clinton, who’s been locked in her Washington home on a barbiturate bender for the last 48 hours with the press clamoring at the gates, and Barack Obama, who commands an even larger, consolidated national press corps now, manage to meet privately (for hot bottled water) at that senator gal’s house last night? Easy! An unmarked van sneaked into Hillary’s side entrance (natch) and kidnapped her, while Obama took his reporters to the airport, locked them on a plane, and drove hastily to the meeting, where he violently ripped the duct tape from Hillary’s mouth and put her through bamboo-under-the-fingernails torture. And the press missed it! Read more on Obama Press Corps Hilariously Fooled During Secret Meeting…
 

Bush Boldly Tries To Kill Reporters With Tractor

This would be much funnier if he actually killed the White House press corps, but George W. had some “fun” yesterday by briefly acting like someone who worked for a living. Bush got on a tractor — we don’t know why he’s going to tractor factories, do you? — and solemnly putted around for a moment. Read more on Bush Boldly Tries To Kill Reporters With Tractor…
 

Rumors On The Internets: Cock, Diesel

* When the FBI is doing some tapping, they lay “full pipe.” [CNET] * President Bush bulldozes the press corps. [The Gaggle] * National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq will be ready just as soon as Negroponte finishes the chapter entitled, “Why more troops would fix everything.” [TPM Muckraker] * But he better not mention “global” or “warming” in the same sentence or Condi will bleach out his windpipe. [Think Progress] * New White House pastry chef has experience making Desserts for Dummies. [Political Wire] * During the next election, John Kerry may find that Massachusetts prefers a bloody sock to his bleeding heart. [Boston Herald] Read more on Rumors On The Internets: Cock, Diesel…
 

Today’s Gaggle: TV Eye

Scotty McClellan is going out, as he came in, dealing with tough questions from our top-notch press corps. From today’s gaggle: Q It’s come to my attention that there’s been requests — this is a serious question — to turn these TVs onto a station other than Fox, and that those have been denied. My question would be, is there a White House policy that all government TVs have to be tuned to Fox?MR. McCLELLAN: Never heard of any such thing. My TVs are on four different channels at all times.Q Because you have four different TVs. But every time I’ve ever been —MR. McCLELLAN: Every TV in the White House also has channels every — has a split screen, where they can —Q Well, they always seem to be tuned to Fox, and there’s been requests, and these are paid for by taxpayer dollars.[…]MR. McCLELLAN: […]I’ve never known anyone that’s raised a complaint about a request from back here to watch a different channel.Q I’m officially raising it and officially complaining about it.MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I’m going to go see if we can change the channel for you. Have you called up?Q I was the Fox victim, and I was told — the quote was, “No,” when I asked for CNN.MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t know who you talked to, so — it didn’t come to my attention. You don’t know who you talked to either?Q Well, the magic people at the other end off the phone.MR. McCLELLAN: The magic people at the other end of the phone. Well, I’ll see if this cabin is —Q I was told, “We don’t watch CNN here, you can only watch Fox.” Read more on Today’s Gaggle: TV Eye…
 

And, hey, Three Days of Warnings from the National Weather Service Weren’t So Bad, Either

We’re just a few days past the moment President Bush told the world that he would take responsibility for the “bad intelligence” that informed the decision to go to war with a nation that lacked the military capacity to boil water. The press’ chorus of hallelujah was predictably Handel-rific, and why not? After all, the President offered to do what the press was too perfumed and pussified to do — hold him to some modicum of accountability. It’s a new golden age! Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Oh, don’t worry your pretty little head about that. Read more on And, hey, Three Days of Warnings from the National Weather Service Weren’t So Bad, Either…
 

White House Briefing Briefed

The Washington Post ombudsman this week drew attention to the confusion some readers experience regarding Dan Froomkin’s “White House Briefing,” which is not actually written by someone officially covering the White House. Actual White House reporters were said to grumble as well, fretting that Froomkin’s left-of-center snark lost them points in the media-sensitive Bush administration; they’re already working out from under what’s known as the “Milbank deficit.” In today’s WashingtonPost.com chat, credentialed WP WH correspondent Peter Baker put things in perspective: Read more on White House Briefing Briefed…
 

Brian Williams: A Day Not in the Life of a White House Correspondent

The White House correspondents will get feted at the White House later this week, but all the sliced ham and swing bands in the world can’t make them any less surly. It’s a sucky job, someone has to do it, and it sucks even more someone sweeps in for a stunt-casting moment of glory, like Brian Williams did today. The blogging anchor has been in the WH basement trenches but, clearly, he was not eager to get back to his roots during the 12-hour rolling interview he conducted with Bush. Instead, according to our cranky eyewitness, Williams skipped “the rigorous Secret Service sweep (‘hands out, turn around, cough’) that other trip-takers enjoyed in the luggage lounge by Gate 2″ and “did not sit with the other White House press corps cretins in the pod by the kitchen.” He did not gaggle, he did not “dine on an enormous muffin and a bottle of warm water.” Williams did drop names (“We took [a plane] like that to Bosnia. Had Albright, POTUS …”) and one curious fact: During the mostly quiet ride, Williams at one point blurted out: “This city has the second highest number of single family dwellings in the country after Baltimore.” A wag said: “That’s a pick-up line I use all the time.” Again, silence. Our special lump-of-coal operative expands on the day’s events after the jump. The Daily Nightly Read more on Brian Williams: A Day Not in the Life of a White House Correspondent…
 

Bush on Iraq, Return of the Speech About Iraq Strikes Back

A Wonkette operative on the scene sums up the President’s latest Iraq speech (number three for those keeping count): Real news: • estimates that 30,000 Iraqis have been killed since March 2003 “incursion” (but, but, I thought it was “liberation”???) • condemns torture of Sunnis in secret Iraqi prisons (that’s our job!) Read more on Bush on Iraq, Return of the Speech About Iraq Strikes Back…
 

Decoding The Note: Nose Knows

A reader writes in to alert us to some truly impressive sycophantic gymnastics in today’s Note. This massive, gaping suckfest jimmies four distinct feints of flattery into one apparently prosaic event listing: Read more on Decoding The Note: Nose Knows…
 

Kurtz Paddles to Center of Media Spotlight

In her article on the issues raised by Howie Kurtz’s CNN gig allowing him to comment on his other gig at the Washington Post, where he also comments on CNN, Kit Seelye interviews Kurtz critics Mickey Kaus and Jack Shafer. Shafer reaches for a metaphor: “This is the duck-billed platypus of journalism, an egg-laying mammal with fur – it’s just something very bizarre.” An egg-laying mammal with fur and perhaps a meth problem, as these critics of Kurtz writing about his employer both work at Slate, which is owned by the Washington Post. As a Corner reader has pointed out, this is something Seelye doesn’t mention. Read more on Kurtz Paddles to Center of Media Spotlight…
 

WH Pool Report: Under Scotty’s Skirts Edition

In this White House pool report: too much information. [Scott McClellan] denied he had ever worn a kilt. Stressed he had no intention of doing so. We suspect that this kilt question may be the subject of an ongoing investigation. Full report after the jump, including surreal scene of Korean firefighters in spacesuits: With their visors down, and yellow bands on their arms, some looked as if they were dressed for an outbreak of avian flu. About half a dozen, on bended knee, holding on their fire hoses, gamely provided the human foreground for several White House staff photos. Read more on WH Pool Report: Under Scotty’s Skirts Edition…
 

WH Pool Report: The President Rides Scooter

In this White House pool report, the President conquers his demons, and gets another scooter out of the White House: The Leader of the Free World did, indeed, hop onto a Segway scooter and cruised for an undetermined distance at the Guest House under the no-doubt admiring gaze of his Japanese host. Duffy, through Carroll, said the new Segway was a gift from the president to the prime minister. One has to use one’s imagination as to how fast the President-guided the Segway or whether he managed a more graceful dismount than the last time he was seen on one of these scooters. We like to think he rode it one handed, whooping, yelling, “Suck on it, Fitzy!!! SUCK IT!” Full report after the jump. Read more on WH Pool Report: The President Rides Scooter…
 

Scott McClellan Gets No Respect

PRWeek recently surveyed some reporters and public affairs specialists in an attempt to help White House spokesman Scott McClellan out of his credibility hole. One excellent piece of advice: “[When reporters] come up to him after a press briefing, pat him on the back, and say, ‘Hey Scott,’ they do that because they still need him. He should not mistake that for respect.” Read more on Scott McClellan Gets No Respect…
 

Decoding the Note: Slowdownyoutalktoofast

From today’s Note: We always suspected it was hard to type with Dan Bartlett’s dick in your mouth. Also? Someone else started the fire. The Note: Sweat the Big Things [ABC] Read more on Decoding the Note: Slowdownyoutalktoofast…
 

The White House’s War on Transcripts

Usually, the White House just puts words into Scott McClellan’s mouth. Last week, the press office tried to wrench them into the transcripts of White House briefings provided by CQ and the Federal News Service. At issue: McClellan’s uncharacteristically candid affirmation of a statement by NBC’s David Gregory, set forth by CQ and FNS as: The White House heard it differently: The thoughtful White House press operation called CQ and FNS to complain. Er, to correct. Media maven Dana Perino told CQ she “just [wanted] to let you know it is not accurate, as you had it in the transcript.” Also, she added, war is peace and freedom is slavery. FYI. Full CQ story after the jump. DISCLAIMER: We hesitate to rob CQ of their $35K a year per sub by providing this article free of charge, especially since some portion of that fee pays the rent. Another portion goes for the gin. Also, Chris Lehmann is my husband. Watch for yourself here. The exchange starts about 5:30 into the briefing. Read more on The White House’s War on Transcripts…
 

WH Pool Report: Hey Sailor Edition

In this White House pool report, we are all disappointed. From: White House Press Releases Date: Nov 7, 2005 2:47 PM Subject: POOL REPORT 3A, 11/7/05 Pool Report 3A Correction to Pool Report 3 Read more on WH Pool Report: Hey Sailor Edition…
 

Sympathy Lays at the WH

Covering the White House sounds like an important and exciting career, but in many ways, it’s like any other job: There’s a lot of busy work, your bosses make unreasonable demands, and when things get slow, you gossip about who in the office you’d have sex with. Thus we were not surprised to hear that a recent journalist confab, talk turned to WHSILF (“White House Staffers I’d Like to Fuck”). The verdict: Pickings are slim, and surely there are some kinks. Bush, opined one, would be fine, but “he would probably slap your butt with a towel like you were in the locker room.” And Scott McLellan? “He would just cry afterwards.” Read more on Sympathy Lays at the WH…
 

EXCLUSIVE: First Peek at Matt Cooper’s PlameGate Masterpiece!

From high above the Southern Hemisphere, an operative on Air Force One espied the Time scribe’s fledgling literary effort: Time’s Matt Cooper is working on a book proposal. In a race with the New York Times’ Judith Miller, the White House press corps’ version of William Conrad (only slightly less sweaty) knows that the market just won’t bear two self-righteous reporters sniveling about their woes (and Miller’s got 85 days in the clink to pad out her book). Read more on EXCLUSIVE: First Peek at Matt Cooper’s PlameGate Masterpiece!…
 

President Bush Does the Macarena

At a roundtable with Latin American journalists, Bush proved that no matter how bad things get, it’s important to keep your sense of humor: Q Mr. President, in Argentina, you will have a bilateral meeting with President Kirchner.  THE PRESIDENT:  Si.  Q What I want to know — sources of the government told me that they would ask you about more cooperation on support for Argentina, you know, in the IMF fund —  THE PRESIDENT: IMF.  Q Exactly.  THE PRESIDENT: Please don’t tell me that the government leaks secrets about conversations to the —  Q  Well, I have my sources in the government.  THE PRESIDENT:  You do?  Okay, well I’m not going to ask you who they are, of course.  (Laughter.)  Q  No, please.   THE PRESIDENT:  Inside joke here, for my team. Er, yeah. Perhaps you should have tried to keep things inside to begin with, eh? Speaking of things that shouldn’t get let out of the bag, we also liked his response to a question about Argentina building a nuclear reactor in Venezuela: Maybe it makes sense.  I haven’t really studied the proposal.  And I look forward to — hope President Kirchner shares with me the concept, the notion, the idea. The proposal, the issue, the dream. Whatever. Don’t tell Korea. Also, he later invites the unfortunately named Macarena to dance on the table. Does anyone know if disorientation is a symptom of avian flu? Full briefing after the jump. Read more on President Bush Does the Macarena…