Looks like everyone, even Katie Couric, all of a sudden has decided to have a spine and has begun to ask questions about the war....five years too late.
Couric: While you were press secretary, you were famous for denying access to reporters who asked tough questions. And now you're criticizing the press for not being tough enough. So isn't that the height of hypocrisy.
McClellan: Well in the buildup to the war, and … in the national press corps as a whole, there could have been more done to ask the tough questions. What happened, this is again, how the press becomes complicit enablers in this permanent campaign culture by focusing on the march to war rather than the necessity of war, that's where the emphasis and focus was and I think the emphasis and focus should have been more on finding out the truth. And, you know, I talk a lot about that in the book.
Katie Couric: Weren't you the ultimate complicit enabler, though? I asked a tough question before the Iraq War and you personally called an executive at NBC News and you threatened to deny access to us.
McClellan: I did?
Couric: Yes, you did, once the war began.
McClellan: Me personally? I don't, I don't remember that.
Couric: But did you strong-arm people into not questioning the administration?
McClellan: My style usually wasn't that way.
Couric: Well, it was you who made the call.
Okay for Katie this is pretty good so I'll give her some credit for it. HOWEVER! I'd like to ask Katie this question:
Why wasn't McClellan's threat to deny you access after you asked a tough question about the war a news story itself? There had been plenty of talk about the administration muzzling the press but why didn't the press make a story about it? Weren't you, and other members of the press who didn't speak out about the muzzling, as much an "ultimate complicit enabler" as McClellan?