May 11th, 2013
I don’t know that I’ve ever heard about something like this: The White House is having a terrible week because their on the wrong end of a story they can’t control. So they call in a select group of reporters to talk on “deep background.”
Is this like when a sports team on a losing streak and ostentatiously convenes a “players only meeting” so everyone can get on the same page?
FWIW, Dana Perino commented on this Friday afternoon on Fox (yes, I should have been grading — what of it?) that the Bush communications team sometimes did this sort of thing when there was a lot of detail in a story and there was a need to “educate” reporters by walking them through a timeline, etc. So the only leap remaining is imagining Jay Carney as an educator . . .