From today’s White House press briefing:
Q: The New York Times — they sat on a very important story about possible breach of our Constitution for a full year, and they reached an agreement, I guess, with somebody in the White House. I’m wondering if you could give us a tick tock about how the White House reached –
MR. McCLELLAN: I think I’ve already said that I’m not going to get into discussing any matters relating to ongoing intelligence activities. And that means not getting confirming or denying such reports.
[The next question/comment, apparently from Les Kinsolving:]
Q: Scott, I’m sure — I have a two part. I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping that you will, for us, thank the First Lady and the President for that wonderful reception last night, where among the non-White House correspondents I saw talk radio host Neal Boortz of Atlanta, Blanquita Cullum and Laura Ingraham of Washington, and even Scott Hennen of Fargo, North Dakota.
MR. McCLELLAN: Do you have a question?
MR. McCLELLAN: I’ll be glad to pass on your appreciation.
Q: Thank you. You’ve been attending these parties for five years, and I have since 1974. Have you ever seen so much of talk radio invited before?
MR. McCLELLAN: I’d have to go back and look at the list, Les, but we try to invite a diverse group from within the media. And we were glad to have everybody here last night. I know the President and Mrs. Bush very much enjoyed it.
Q: This means that the White House recognizes the growing significance of talk radio, even as newspaper circulation and old, liberal TV network viewers are both plummeting, doesn’t he?
MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, Les, we reach out to the American people in a lot of different ways.