We said, we think you HEARD that wrong...
During a Halloween press conference, Scott McClellan appeared to agree to some comments made by NBC's David Gregory about Rove's involvement in the Valerie Plame outing ("That's accurate").
At least, that's what the Congressional Quarterly and the Federal News Service (hardly partisan rags) had in their transcripts, not to mention what the [VIDEO] of that press conference reveals.
But the White House is so sure that McClellan actually disagrees ("I don't think that's accurate"), they've asked the CQ and FNS to change their records.
Wonkette writes: "Usually, the White House just puts words into Scott McClellan's mouth. Last week, the press office tried to wrench them into the transcripts of White House briefings provided by CQ and the Federal News Service."
"[White House] Media maven Dana Perino told CQ she 'just [wanted] to let you know it is not accurate, as you had it in the transcript.' Also, she added, war is peace and freedom is slavery. FYI."
What I find interesting is that the White House didn't claim the obvious (and far more plausible), that instead of saying "That's accurate" he said "That's (not) accurate." They changed far more of the sentence than was necessary for a standard disagreement. I'm no legal expert but this revision smells of legal-speak. Just another reason to doubt the veracity of their claims... (Wonkette / ThinkProgress)
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