The Latest Display of Lickspittle Behavior by the White House Press

Brian Zick

At yesterday's press conference, President Bush refused to address questions posed about new insights gained from the Libby trial, regarding his administration's complicity in betraying CIA agent Valerie Plame. Greg Sargent at TPM contrasts today's White House press corps with the reporters on the beat during Watergate, who were similarly stonewalled by the Nixon White House. Sargent refers to page 163 of All the President's Men, and describes the scene of reporters questioning developments in the Watergate story: When those reporters were stonewalled about something they considered important, they got angry. And then he notes the reaction from the reporters, to Bush's refusal to respond to their inquiries about the Plame betrayal revelations: they laughed.

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Democratic Rep. Summer Lee, who at the time was a candidate for the state House, at a demonstration in Pittsburgh for Antwon Rose, who was killed by police, in 2018. Lee recently defeated her 2024 primary challenger.
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