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At today’s White House news briefing, WND asked presidential press secretary Scott McClellan about a legal fight between Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich and the Baltimore Sun newspaper.
WND: Scott, the Washington Post, the Washington Times and the New York Times have all reported that the Baltimore Sun has filed a lawsuit in Baltimore’s federal court charging that the federal Constitution has been violated because Maryland’s Republican governor has refused and directed his administration’s press officers to refuse to talk to two Sun writers whom the governor charges with inaccuracies and bias. And my question, since the Sun, in reporting its own lawsuit noted, “President Bush boasts of not reading newspapers and has held the fewest news conferences of any modern president,” my question, does the president support this Republican governor or not?
McCLELLAN: The president absolutely supports Governor Ehrlich. I’m not getting into any individual, specific issues. I think the question regarding the Baltimore Sun and Governor Ehrlich are best addressed at Governor Ehrlich’s press briefings.
WND: I saw the president’s very enthusiastic presence, which delighted everyone at the Army-Navy game. But at the more historic game, two weeks before, between his two alma maters, Yale and Harvard –
McCLELLAN: Oh, I thought you were going to say Texas and A&M.
WND: No, no, Yale and Harvard – he was absent. And my question, is this absence due in any part to the fact that while Yale honors all of its alumni who are dead, including Confederates, like Texans, Harvard refuses to honor 60 Confederate alumni, including doctors who treated the wounded for both sides, while they honor German alumni dead in World Wars I and II that they mark enemy. Was that the reason or not? Are you going to dodge that? Is this an evasion?
McCLELLAN: It sounded more like a statement than a question, so I’m going to keep moving.