Dana Milbank of the Washington Post is still put out that the president called on Nico Pitney, a blogger for Huffington Post at last week’s press conference, and is shocked, shocked, that the White House press office might have told Mr. Pitney in advance that he might be called on. In fact, he’s so upset that after a testy exchange yesterday on CNN, he whispered to Mr. Pitney, “You’re such a dick.”
Aside from the fact that Mr. Milbank demonstrated all the maturity of a ten-year-old, it seems to be a pretty big stretch to conclude that just because the White House gave a heads-up to a reporter that he might be called on about an area he specializes in — Mr. Pitney has been in the forefront of reporting on the demonstrations in Tehran via the internet — he was in “collusion” with the press office. Mr. Pitney denies that he was told what to ask and that he told the press office what his question would be, and so far Mr. Milbank has yet to prove otherwise.
What I think is really going on here is that Mr. Milbank and the rest of the inside-the-Beltway press gang are pissed off because they got beat out by a new kid on the block and his question was better than anything they could come up with.