WH Press: Who Died And Made You God?

You probably couldn’t tell, but Fishbowl is on the road today–back to the Big Apple for a recharge from Fishbowl central. That’s one excuse for being a bit behind on our reading today, but we wanted to be sure you hadn’t missed the transcript of yesterday’s White House press briefing like we did until now.

Dan Frooooomkin sums it up best:

Simmering tensions between the White House and the media about such issues as credibility, accountability, and the appropriate role of the press burst into full boil yesterday as spokesman Scott McClellan took to his podium in the briefing room and proceeded to tell Newsweek magazine how it should do its job.

In one of the most belligerent briefings yet (here’s the complete transcript) McClellan and the press corps traded shots in the wake of the news magazine’s retraction of a report that a Pentagon investigation had confirmed that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay threw a Koran in the toilet.

While the whole transcript is worth perusing for its bitterness, the highlight perhaps was when ABC News’ Terry Moran snapped at Scott McClellan: “With respect, who made you the editor of Newsweek? Do you think it’s appropriate for you, at that podium, speaking with the authority of the President of the United States, to tell an American magazine what they should print?”

You just know that Terry wouldn’t have tacked on “with respect” unless he really didn’t mean it.

Someone should send McClellan and the WH Press Corps to separate rooms for a couple of days. They’re not playing well together this week (and we hear that Georgia Godfrey caught Terry Hunt running with scissors yesterday).