Yesterday, Drudge ran with a story about the rehearsal for a press conference between President Bush and troops serving in Iraq. The AP story reports that the questions were "choreographed to match his goals for the war in Iraq and Saturday's vote on a new Iraqi constitution."
The mainstream media, particularly Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC, was foaming at the mouth over the incident.
Well, only about Jeff Gannon I guess.
Does anybody out there still believe that "town hall meetings" with politicians are completely spontaneous? Or that networks don't carefully screen questions before they are asked by citizens who attend Presidential Debates? Remember the "Pony Tail Guy?" Remember the guy who had the guts to trick the question screeners and ask Bill Clinton if any nation had taxed itself into prosperity? I don't exactly remember him becoming the darling of the Washington press corps.
As always, Michelle Malkin has a great blog roundup.
UPDATE: A soldier who participated in the military press conference with the President posts a short note about what really happened. Read it.
And remember the old Monty Python skit that started out with the Pythons climbing what looked like a sheer mountain cliff ... until the camera was re-oriented to reveal that the "climbers" were actually crawling along a sidewalk (I believe it was Oxbridge Road)? This stunt "Today" by MSNBC babe Michelle Kosinski is just as bad ... and just as phony.
Just who is staging what these days?
"Kerry's remarks lasted three minutes," the Globe reports, "yet it left TV reporters without a soundbite until one CBS News producer asked the Massachusetts senator to try again. 'They don't know what they're talking about in their own economic policy,' Kerry said of the Bush team. 'Today it's one thing, tomorrow it's the next.' Take two was the one that was used." (emphasis added)