Media success

Today the White House announced that pay czar Ken Feinberg would be available for interviews with every member of the White House pool (that is, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and Fox) except Fox News. This was an overreach even for the Obama-friendly networks, who showed some integrity and refused to participate unless Fox was invited as well. The White House relented, but in a final show of pettiness, cut back the length of the interviews from 5 minutes to only 2 minutes.

UPDATE: An anonymous Treasury Department spokeperson is denying that this happened. Well, if you won’t take Fox’s word for it, how about CBS (cue to 1:00):

JEFF GREENFIELD: And on Thursday the Treasury Department tried to exclude Fox News from pool coverage of interviews with one of its key officials. It backed down after strong protests from the press.

CHIP REID: All the networks said, that’s it. You’ve crossed the line.

UPDATE: You can read the story in text here. (Via Newsbusters.)

UPDATE: Some are suggesting that this wasn’t a show of integrity after all. Well, even if they did the right thing for the wrong reason, it’s good enough for me.

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