Shoot the Messenger: Dana Perino Shoots Back at Barbara Boxer


By Jason Chupick Comment

Like her predecessor Scott McClellan, Dana Perino was caught dishing lies on behalf of the Administration this week.

Perino passed off a drastically edited CDC report on the health threat of global warming claiming the evidence didn’t jibe with the IPCC’s conclusions. It was because Dick Cheney’s office wanted to soften the message and not hasten any anti-corporate action by the Government.

In a press conference yesterday when the story unfolded, Senator Barbara Boxer called Perino’s explanation a lie. Perino’s #2 Tony Fratto backed her up: “We stand 100 percent behind what Dana said…Senator Boxer should not throw around charges like lying in cases where there might be a difference of opinion.”

Grist has the best round-up available of the chain of events leading up to this bit of gun play between Boxer and Perino.

If you don’t buy the bit about Perino saying there might be health BENEFITS to global warming, check the official transcript.