Q Scott, is the White House demanding a retraction —
MR. McCLELLAN: No, I’m just saying —
Q — or are you satisfied with the statement Newsweek has made —
MR. McCLELLAN: No, I’m just saying that I find it puzzling that the reporter got it wrong, yet said they’re not retracting the story.
Q — a retraction, or —
MR. McCLELLAN: Actually, if you look at the comments from the editor in this morning’s papers he said, we’re not retracting the story, we don’t know the facts. I don’t think that’s a standard that we’re talking about here.
Q So, Scott, you find it puzzling, but you’re not asking for a retraction?
MR. McCLELLAN: That’s correct.
Hmmm. Perhaps things have changed since this morning’s gaggle.
In the WaPo story Condi said:
The sad thing was that there was a lot of anger that got stirred by a story that was not very well founded. [emphasis mine]
Calling a story “not very well founded” is not the same as saying it is untrue, now is it?