On Media Criticism

From Holden:

Little Scottie won’t do it.

January 14, 2004:

MR. McCLELLAN: Now, Les, here’s my reaction. I don’t think it’s my position to be a media critic. There are some good media critics out there, and I’ll let them continue to do their work.

May 28, 2004:

MR. McCLELLAN: One, I always try to avoid being a media critic from this podium. I’m here to address your questions.

July 8, 2004:

MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t know the specifics about that. That’s the first I’ve heard of that matter. But I don’t put myself in the place of trying to be the media critic.

February 10, 2005:

MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t think it’s the role of the Press Secretary to get into being a media critic, and I think there are very good reasons for that. I’ve never inserted myself into the process.

Oh well, maybe this one time…

May 16, 2005:

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I find it puzzling that Newsweek now acknowledges that the facts were wrong, and they refuse to offer a retraction. There is a certain journalistic standard that should be met, and in this case it was not met. The report was not accurate, and it was based on a single anonymous source who cannot personally substantiate the report, so the — so they cannot verify the accuracy of the report.

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.