Sitting in the White House press room yesterday, the most interesting dynamic was watching the TV pretty people down front mugging for the camera. But the more important to the hectoring and lecturing going on by the media, was the talk of the TV and big-media types before the cameras went on and Scott McClellan took the podium.
What really cheeses these guys off isn’t so much that the White House didn’t tell them. It’s that a private citizen gave the story first to a local reporter down in Texas. Again and again, we kept hearing something along the lines of, “I can’t believe a local paper got it first.”
There is a sense of betrayal that the White House actually expected reporters who cover the President and Vice President to get a story on their own. They are so used to have it spoon-fed to them, either through press release, pool report or illegal leak.