White House Blasts NBC Over Interview Edit

'Deceitful' cut took Bush out of context, counselor complains
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 11:36 AM CDT
President Bush, accompanied by Counselor to the President Ed Gillespie, walk on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 28, 2008.    (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – The White House went after NBC yesterday, accusing the network of doctoring a recent interview with President Bush, the Hill reports. Asked if comments about Iran were directed at Democratic candidate Barack Obama, Bush declined to answer directly, but White House counselor Ed Gillespie says the interview was purposely edited to make it appear as though Bush was affirming that speculation.

“This deceitful editing to further a media-manufactured storyline is utterly misleading and irresponsible,” Gillespie complained in a scathing letter. He demanded the network air the full, unedited footage. NBC stands by its version, and notes that the full interview is available online. But “It's simply absurd for people to have to log onto the Internet … to get accurate information from NBC,” Gillespie counters.