Blog of the Week Gateway Pundit has video of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s press conference yesterday. It includes this exchange with a reporter:
Reporter: Do you feel embattled at this point in your tenure? In a recent column, Maureen Dowd quoted an unidentified administration official who described you as an “eccentric old uncle who’s ignored.” She claims that you don’t hold the same sway in meetings.
Rumsfeld: Did you get all that? You want to be on camera, right? That’s a sure way to get on the evening news. The answer to your question is no.
Reporter: Well, I’m asking about the facts reported in the column. Do you feel you hold the same sway in meetings?
Rumsfeld: I’m not going to comment on that.
(Pause)- Rumsfeld looks away for a moment, then…
Rumsfeld: If you believe everything you read in Maureen Dowd, you better get a life.
Two instances doesn’t make a trend, but maybe the administration has decided to fight back against the constant attacks they get from reporters in press conferences.