Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Gannon/Guckert - The Slow Drip

Eric Boehlert's Jeff Gannon piece in Salon contains the latest example of a fundamental truth about the Bush Administration.

With very few exceptions, the first answer to a question is usually a lie:

White House press secretary Scott McClellan originally told reporters that Guckert was properly allowed into press briefings because he worked for an outlet that "published regularly." But that's when the questions were about Talon. More recently McClellan offered up a new rationale. Asked by Editor and Publisher magazine how the decision was made to allow a GOPUSA correspondent in, McClellan said, "The staff assistant went to verify that the news organization existed." (Emphasis added.)

The truth drips out only as the lies are exposed.