There’s another update in the controversy involving an interview with “pay czar” Kenneth Feinberg and the White House’s alleged attempt to block Fox from the sit-down set up with the pool.
“Of course we requested the interview,” Fox News Senior Vice President Michael Clemente said, responding to reports citing the White House as claiming it had excluded Fox News from a series of interviews Thursday with Kenneth Feinberg set up through the five-network TV pool.
Clemente also said that the White House had acknowledged that an employee at the Treasury Department made a mistake in initially excluding Fox.
Clemente also told Mediaite: “It was a very absolutely clear attempt to leave Fox out.” Update: Mediaite also reported, “CBS News D.C. bureau chief Christopher Isham also serves as the pool chair. He tells Mediaite he convened a conference call and all the bureau chiefs agreed they were not comfortable with excluding one of the members of the pool in a pool interview.” Neither CBS nor Isham has commented further on the call or the nature of the network’s discomfort.