Tuesday, July 29, 2008

We Interrupt The News For A Talking Point

On Chris Matthew's Hardball last night, Scott McClellan fessed up even more, admitting that the White House used Fox News "commentators and other pundits at FOX News", adding that they were given “talking points":

MATTHEWS: So, you wouldn’t use Brit Hume to sell stuff for them, but you’d use some of the nightime guys (like Hannity and O'Reilly)?

MCCLELLAN: Yeah, I would separate that out, and certainly I, you know, they’ll say, that’s because they agree with those views in the White House.

MATTHEWS: Well, they didn’t need a script though, did they?

MCCLELLAN: No, well, probably not.
Later on MSNBC McClellan told Keith Olbermann that “it was done frequently, especially on high-profile issues” and that Fox often gave the White House “its desired results.”

Olbermann put it best when he said it:
“is one of those things you assumed to be true all along, yet you are shocked when the hard confirmation actually shows up on your door.”