Monday, October 26, 2009

Fox News VP - "Of Course we Requested The Interview", White House Acknowledges Error

Fox News Senior Vice President Michael Clemente said "Of course we requested the interview" directly refuting the Treasury Department's claim as to why Fox News was not initially included in the round of interviews. More, Clemente said the the White House admitted that it was their mistake that Fox was excluded implicitly acknowledging that Fox did indeed ask for the interview. In this context the 'slight' was no an intentional banning of Fox but some sort of clerical or communication error. That seems a lot more plausible then any of the Treasury Department's justifications/excuses but given the recent exchange between the two, there is still a significant possibility that it was an intentional 'slight' that the White House was forced to rethink after the other networks balked.

""Of course we requested the interview," Fox News Senior Vice President Michael Clemente said, responding to reports citing the White House as claiming it had excluded Fox News from a series of interviews Thursday with Kenneth Feinberg set up through the five-network TV pool.

Clemente also said that the White House had acknowledged that an employee at the Treasury Department made a mistake in initially excluding Fox.

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This sage, starting from the beginning; Anita Dunn 'called out' Fox News. Beck responded by installing a 'Red Phone Hotline', then aired a tape where Dunn said that Mao was one of her favorite philosophers. On the defensive, Dunn countered by saying that she was joking, and then added "Let it be noted that I also quoted Mother Teresa, but no one is accusing me of being a saint!". Not only was I was unconvinced, the New York Times declared Fox News the unequivocated victor. Axelrod and Emanuel joined in to take some of the pressure off of Dunn. A new video of Dunn surfaced where she said "very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn't absolutely control", which Beck used. Gibbs has thrown his support behind the White House position. Olbermann (MSNBC) voiced his approval and had a bit of fun. Obama voiced his support confirming that this is the official White House position. The Obama administration tried to block Fox News from getting an interview and possibly thinking about having them removed from the press pool. The Treasury Department seemed to lie in saying that they did not try to exclude Fox News despite the confirmation of Fox News by CBS. The Treasury Department said that Fox News never asked for an interview. Now Fox News is directly refuting that claim and says the White House has acknowledged the mistake the Treasury Department made.

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