[Panelists Josh Rushing, Ari Fleischer, and Tina Brown, with moderator Gideon Yago. Photo by Diane Bondareff/IFC via VanityFair.com]
President Georg Bush #43’s Press Secretary #1 (of 4) Ari Fleisher continued to toe his Administration’s line yesterday during a panel discussion to promote the IFC Media Project at the Paley Center for Media.
He was baited in to defending the steps taken that led to the rebranding of torture–i.e. extreme interrogation–by a “daydreaming” Peggy Noonan. Stating the obvious that no one likes to receive a subpoena, Fleisher said “I’ll be proud to testify if I get a subpoena. I’m proud of what we did to protect this country.”
Hamilton Nolan from Gawker held no love for Fleisher or Noonan, and noted the irony of the former Press Sec’s grade of “C” given to the Obama administration for transparency.