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Monday, July 11, 2005

WH Press Corp has Judy's Back

Of all the folks in Washington, the White House Press Corp is not the most intimidating bunch. At the very least, I wouldn't want them to be my posse in a fight against some of those nasty K Street interns...I mean the guys those nasty K Street interns have their daddies buy them...anyway, since Karl Rove got greedy and opened his mouth and lied to everyone (including WH Spokesman Scott McClellan) the press corp is doing a mighty fine job of defending Judith Miller's honor. I would pepper this column with "Carl Cameron in the Hizzouse" references, but I feel the WHPC hasn't quite obtained that level of legitimacy. Well, at least since Helen Thomas left.
You almost feel sorry for Scott, considering I always stood by the "don't shoot the messanger" credo. But at times like these, the WH Press Corp will take a public flogging of just about anyone above no public flogging at all. The most riveting CSPAN footage you'll see in a while here, courtesy of Crooks and Liars.

October 10th 2003: "I spoke with those individuals, Rove, Abrams and Libby. Those individuals [Rove and Scooter Libby] assured me they were not involved."
July 11th 2005: "I appreciate your question...I will not comment on an ongoing criminal investigation..."

"We made a decision we weren't going to comment on it [the criminal investigation] while it is ongoing"

"This question is coming up in the context of this ongoing investigation."

"I appreciate the question John...The way to be most helpful is not to comment on it while it's an ongoing investigation"

"David, this is a question relating to an ongoing investigation."

Wow. No one likes Judith Miller, considering she botched the pre-war intelligence worse than any other reporter save Jeff Gannon, but it sure is nice to see reporters find the reproductive organs of their choice and do their jobs.