A "verbal reprimand" for Fox impersonators

The White House acknowledges that advance team officials posed as journalists.


Tim Grieve
March 20, 2006 9:17PM (UTC)

The White House hasn't exactly jumped on the renewed calls for the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld -- really, with things going so well, why would it? -- and the military still hasn't managed to prosecute any commanding officers for the atrocities at Abu Ghraib.

But if you're of a mind that some accountability is better than none, at least there's this: The White House says it will "verbally reprimand" two Bush administration officials who passed themselves off as Fox News reporters while doing advance work for a presidential visit to the Gulf Coast.

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While it's apparently OK for Fox News personnel to impersonate administration officials, White House spokesman Ken Lisaius says the reverse is unacceptable. "This incident has been brought to our attention, and this is clearly not appropriate, nor is it part of our standard operating procedures," Lisaius tells the Washington Post.

Who were the impersonators? Another White House spokesperson refused to say, accountability and transparency apparently being too much to expect on any one day.


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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