Ari Gets Laughed Out of the White House Briefing Room

February 27, 2003 at 7:37 pm
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Folks,

Here’s a sad/funny commentary on White House briefings. The press couldn’t contain themselves. Ari was visibly flushed.

–C

Go to about 30:15 if
you just want to jump right to it:

http://video.c-span.org:8080/ramgen/edrive/iraq022503_whpb.rm

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

BuzzFlash Note: Although we didn’t see this
occur, we have received
three separate reader accounts indicating that the
White House press
corps finally laughed at the absurdity of Ari Fleischer’s
lies, at least
once.

The following is the account from one of our
BuzzFlash e-mail reporters
about the White House news briefing on Tuesday,
February 25:

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ON CSPAN — WH press conference with Ari ended
just now. It’s grim.
Not much new but a reiteration of the “Saddam must
disarm” and
some hints that Saddam and other top Iraqi leaders might be
assassinated
if GW gives the executive decree.

Then one tidbit floated
up. A reporter asked about a French report that
says Bush is offering a
bundle of concessions (and I think she actually
said ‘buying votes’) to
Mexico and Colombia, granting worker amnesty
and so on. Ari tap-danced. Then
she (the reporter) started to press the
issue by saying “they (the French)
are quoting two US State Dept.
Diplomats that Bush intends to give work
permits to Colombia and Mexico.”

WOW. WOW…. Ari just drew himself up
with imperious indignation and said
something like “you’re implying that the
President is buying the votes of
other nations and that’s just not a
consideration” or words to that effect.

And guess what happened? The
whole press corps, normally sheep, broke
out in laughter… sweet, derisive
laughter. They kept on laughing as
Ari turned on his heels and strode out.
Sheesh.

Go down to White House Press Briefing (02/25/2003) and click on
the
video. After it buffers, play from about 28 minutes forward for
context,
30 minutes forward to watch Press laugh at Ari’s BIG FAT GOP
LIE.

http://www.c-span.org/

http://video.c-span.org:8080/ramgen/edrive/iraq022503_whpb.rm

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Addtional Reader Note:

Here is the excerpt from today’s WH
Press Briefing transcript posted
at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/02/20030225-9.html#18
to add
to the discussion about him being laughed out of the room.

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

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