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Editor’s note: Each week, WorldNetDaily White House correspondent Les Kinsolving asks the tough questions no one else will ask. And each week, WorldNetDaily brings you the transcripts of those dialogues with the president and his spokesman. If you’d like to suggest a question for the White House, submit it to WorldNetDaily’s exclusive interactive forum MR. PRESIDENT!
At today’s White House news briefing, WND asked presidential press secretary Ari Fleischer about the controversy surrounding an interview of Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., done by Associated Press reporter Lara Jakes Jordan, who is the wife of Democratic Party operative Jim Jordan, Sen. John Kerry’s campaign manager.
WND: The Washington Post quoted the Associated Press’ corporate spokesman, Jack Stokes, in New York as saying with regard to their interview of Sen. Santorum: “Any of our reporter’s marital status has nothing to do with their stories.” And my question is, do you, as the president’s chief media spokesman, believe that there would be no conflict of interest seen if AP hired that brilliant writer Lynne Cheney to be their White House bureau chief or to cover Sen. Kerry’s campaign?
FLEISCHER: Lester, I think these are matters that the media wrestles with, and it’s appropriate to let them handle it, not the White House spokesman.
WND then asked Fleischer about the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ call for the president to withdraw his nomination of Middle East expert Daniel Pipes to the U.S. Institute of Peace. CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said Pipes’ “bigoted views have been instrumental in widening the divide between faiths and cultures.”
WND: The Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked the president to rescind the nomination of Dr. Daniel Pipes to the U.S. Institute of Peace. Does the White House regard this organization with enough respect to withdraw Dr. Pipes’ nomination?
FLEISCHER: The nomination continues to stand.
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