Why does the White House Press Corps even bother?
Scott McClellan by virtue of his employment has to lie, dissemble, defer, deny, obfuscate and generally shovel bullshit every time he stands up in front of the Presidential Seal.
As the press never gets any serious information from Scotty, they should simply stop asking serious questions:
McClellan: "I know there's a lot of interest in the purported bin Laden audiotape that aired on al-Jazeera earlier today. The intelligence community is continuing to analyze the tape to determine its authenticity and if there is any actionable intelligence. If there is any actionable intelligence, we will act on it."
Q: The fact that it is on audiocassette rather than on videotape---what does that suggest to the intelligence community? Has Bin Laden given up on the VHS format? Why isn’t he burning CDs or ripping MP3’s? Surely the supply of audiocassettes is extremely limited these days. Couldn’t the CIA track audiocassette sales in the Pakistan area pretty easily? And does the inferior signal to noise ratio of ferromagnetic tape create problems in authenticating the recording. Was it a blank cassette or was it taped over "Queens Greatest Hits" or something similar?
McClellan: "We continue to act on all fronts to win the war on terrorism, and we will. The President is fully committed to doing everything within his power to prevent attacks and defeat the terrorists. We are taking the fight to the enemy; we are working to advance freedom and democracy, to defeat their evil ideology. We are winning. Clearly, al Qaeda and the terrorists are on the run."
Q: Are you suggesting he might have recorded over Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ or Wings’ ‘Band On The Run’? I'm just trying to read between the lines here.
McClellan: "They're under a lot of pressure."
Q: Billy Joel? The Queen and David Bowie collaboration?
McClellan: "I don't have anything for you on that"