Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Rough Cut

Speaking of whining right wingers (see below), the White House is demanding that NBC News “set the record straight” because an interview the president did with Richard Engle was not edited to their liking. Apparently they think it makes him look like an idiot.

NBC responded:

Richard Engel’s interview with President Bush has been available, unedited, in its entirety, for the past day, on our website. Our reporting accurately reflects the interview. Just as the White House does not participate in the editorial process at the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal or USA Today, NBC News, as part of a free press in a free society, makes its own editorial decisions.

Even if you overlook the obvious heavy-handedness of the White House trying to lean on a news organization for political purposes — and leaving out the fact that they are silent when Fox does the same to a Democrat — you can watch the entire unedited interview all you want and the president will still look like an idiot.