And of course, lib sites like talkingpointsmemo who said they had "dug into" the story, talked to everyone except for Foxnews...Hey Josh, little tip from Walter Cronkite, "get it fast, get it right"
What you basically have is the White House and the Treasury Dept. doing damage control yesterday by throwing something out there, knowing a good portion of the media will provide them cover. Just like when the video of Anita Dunn praising Mao hit Foxnews, they throw stuff out there like "she was just joking" or hey "that was an old Lee Atwater schtick," throw it out there, and see what sticks....
A Fox News executive refuted on Saturday reports that the White House didn't make the administration's "pay czar" available for an interview because the network didn't ask.
"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.
The pool is the five-network rotation that for decades has shared the costs and duties of daily coverage of the presidency and other Washington institutions. The Washington bureau chiefs of the five TV networks consulted and decided that none of their reporters would interview Feinberg unless Fox News was included. The pool informed Treasury that Fox News, as a member of the network pool, could not be excluded from such interviews under the rules of the pool.