Les, where have you been? Scottie’s ass hasn’t been the same without your head firmly planted within it:
MR. McCLELLAN: I’m coming to you, Les.
Q Hold on there, Lester.
Wait for it, folks, if it’s Les it has to be insipid.
Q Friday a week ago, the AP reported from West Allis, Wisconsin, that the crowd booed the President’s good wishes for Clinton recovery. But after two Milwaukee talk radio stations broadcast what was all applause and no boos, the AP on Saturday sent out a retraction saying there was no booing. And my question —
MR. McCLELLAN: Let me state for the record that I think the Associated Press corrected that within a very short period of time, on the same day.
Q No, it was the next day.
MR. McCLELLAN: No, it was the same day, I believe.
Q All right. Are you concerned that there is no AP reporting of what they have done to the reporter whom they report put an untruth on the national wire? And I have a follow-up.
MR. McCLELLAN: The reporter made a correction and we appreciated him making that correction quickly — because it did not happen.
Q Presuming that you would not provide Kitty Kelley a reserved, front-row seat in these briefings, or at presidential news conferences, why do you continue to do so for a network that nationally televised forgeries that malign the President? (Laughter.)
MR. McCLELLAN: Les, I’m not even going to respond to that question.
Q You’re not going to respond?
MR. McCLELLAN: Go ahead.