Suzanne writing over at Jawa Report shared a transcript of a White House news conference in which some member of the MSM tried to get McClellan to say the government should limit the press’ free speech rights. I am completely for this in the case of several press outlets, but against in others. That is another post for another time. Here is what was said.
Q With respect, who made you the editor of Newsweek? Do you think it’s appropriate for you, at that podium, speaking with the authority of the President of the United States, to tell an American magazine what they should print?
MR. McCLELLAN: I’m not telling them. I’m saying that we would encourage them to help –
Q You’re pressuring them.
MR. McCLELLAN: No, I’m saying that we would encourage them –
Q It’s not pressure?
MR. McCLELLAN: Look, this report caused serious damage to the image of the United States abroad. And Newsweek has said that they got it wrong. I think Newsweek recognizes the responsibility they have. We appreciate the step that they took by retracting the story. Now we would encourage them to move forward and do all that they can to help repair the damage that has been done by this report. And that’s all I’m saying. But, no, you’re absolutely right, it’s not my position to get into telling people what they can and cannot report….
Q Are you asking them to write a story about how great the American military is; is that what you’re saying here?
MR. McCLELLAN: Elisabeth, let me finish my sentence. Our military –
Q You’ve already said what you’re — I know what — how it ends.
MR. McCLELLAN: No, I’m coming to your question, and you’re not letting me have a chance to respond. But our military goes out of their way to handle the Koran with care and respect. There are policies and practices that are in place. This report was wrong. Newsweek, itself, stated that it was wrong. And so now I think it’s incumbent and — incumbent upon Newsweek to do their part to help repair the damage. And they can do that through ways that they see best, but one way that would be good would be to point out what the policies and practices are in that part of the world, because it’s in that region where this report has been exploited and used to cause lasting damage to the image of the United States of America. It has had serious consequences. And so that’s all I’m saying, is that we would encourage them to take steps to help repair the damage. And I think that they recognize the importance of doing that. That’s all I’m saying.
Now, that alone made me want to go out and commit crimes of passion against newsstands. Then I read the comments. A few gems leap out right away.
Oh come on…I’m sure Gannon sucked a few dicks and made it all good…
Posted by osamabeenthere at May 17, 2005 10:21 PM
The arrogance of this administration is astonishing as well! They’re all a pack of lying bastards…Bushies and the media.
Posted by osamabeenthere at May 17, 2005 11:12 PM
Osamabeenthere didn’t even leave a valid email address. Coward.
I like how Myers said the rioting wasn’t because of the report.
Also, I think we should defer to the white house on the subject of causing serious damage to the image of the US abroad.
Posted by actus at May 17, 2005 11:36 PM
This comment is definitely from someone fishing to make trouble. No where did Suzanne say a word about the rioting. Nor did McClellan.
Then final comment as of right now is someone saying we should elect a socialist government. The guy doesn’t put the final “st” with the rest of the word so I’m assuming he is dodge spam filters. You seriously just need to go read the post.
I am never ceased to be amazed by the idiots out there on the Internet.