<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: What did he say?

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

What did he say?

There's another big controversy brewing at the White House. What have they done this time? They apparently altered the transcript of a press briefing with Scott McClellan. Did McClellan say, "That's accurate," or "I don't think that's accurate"? We watched the video excerpt, and it sure looks and sounds like he said, "That's accurate."

McLellan was responding to a comment by NBC's David Gregory, who had said, "Whether there's a question of legality, we know for a fact that there was involvement. We know that Karl Rove, based on what he and his lawyer have said, did have a conversation about somebody who Patrick Fitzgerald said was a covert officer of the Central Intelligence Agency. We know that Scooter Libby also had conversations."

Considering the context, there's a significant difference between "That's accurate" and "I don't think that's accurate," so it's obvious why the White House prefers the latter. Decide for yourself whether they're being honest: watch the video clip at http://thinkprogress.org/2005/11/09/wh-alters-transcript/


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