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ABC News makes up memo from White House press secretary

Published: Thursday May 4, 2006

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Earlier today, RAW STORY linked to a story by ABC News which purported to be a memo from the new White House press secretary Tony Snow. ABC News has confirmed the memo was intended as satire, though no indication was made on the story.

An ABC spokesman confirmed the memo was satire in a response to an email query.

"The Note is our daily political newsletter, which is also available on our site. I often send out popular and original stories from our web site (not press releases)," ABC News Media Relations spokeswoman Megan Mollman said. "The memo was a satire."

The Note occasionally provides satire pieces, though this was the first RAW STORY received from ABC that wasn't real news. Some bloggers have picked up the memo as real.



First, I want to clear the air about something that I know has been bothering some people in the building -- and frankly has been bothering me, too. When I was at the podium with the President and Scott McClellan, I meant to recognize Scottie and say something nice about him and the big shoes I have to fill. He was standing right next to me, and I know it really rubbed people the wrong way and looked ludicrous for me to ignore him.

Like Hilary Swank after she won for "Boys Don't Cry" and failed to mention, Chad Lowe, I had intended to say something, and I just blanked. I really felt badly about it, and said so right away. I know Scott had told his friends he would be welcoming, and he has been, and I really appreciate his help with the transition. After talking to reporters and other staffers, I realize better why people like him so much. (And all those cats and dogs at home! The man's a saint!) I recognize that Scott has a hard-won, first-hand understanding of the ecology of Bushworld that I can only hope to gain by osmosis. I respect that, and I plan to stay in regular touch with Scott -- if he'll take my calls when he's off making all that speakers' bureau buckage.

Second, I've been doing my own reporting and I know there are concerns inside that I might mistake the George Bush Show for the Tony Snow Show. I am extremely conscious of this and am going to be very careful. Jim Rutenberg always knows the right word, and he wrote that I'm "something of a showman." That stung, but it was an astute insight and I get what he was saying. I assure you that I'm going to keep the spotlight where it belongs -- on the President. I'm the gigolo -- paid to meet specific needs, and then leave. Unfortunately, Halperin thinks I'm an ugly gigolo.