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Scott McClellan on Propagannon

You MUST read the White House transcript of today’s press gaggle. It’s a transcript of the utter bullsh*t coming out of Scott McClellan’s mouth, as they were flying to the fraudulent Social Security road show in Raleigh today.

Q Jeff Gannon. How did he get a White House pass, or what kind of credentials did he have?

MR. McCLELLAN: Just like anyone else who comes to the White House.

Q Hard pass?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, he had never applied for a hard pass. He had a daily pass. I think he’s been coming for —

Q Was he coming for —

MR. McCLELLAN: Hang on. I think he’s been coming for more than two years now.

…Q Under what name?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, you have to get cleared. You have to — just like anybody else that comes to the White House, you have to have your full name, your Social Security number and your birth date. So you have to be cleared just like anybody else.

Q So he was being cleared under James Guckert, or whatever his name is?

MR. McCLELLAN: My understanding, yes.

…Q Were you aware that he had another name?

MR. McCLELLAN: Was I aware? I had heard that. I had heard that, yes, recently.

Q But did you know during all this time that he really wasn’t Jeff Gannon?

MR. McCLELLAN: I heard at some point, yes — previously.

Q Was the White House aware at all — was the White House aware — was the White House aware at all about the online websites that he was linked to?

MR. McCLELLAN: No. This has only come to my attention through the news reports, just a few reporters calling in.

Q But just to make it clear, the only criteria, from the White House perspective is, someone can pass the Secret Service background check

MR. McCLELLAN: No, no, that’s not — first of all, I don’t involve myself in that process, it’s handled at a staff level. Like I said, if the White House Correspondents Association ever wants to talk about issues, I welcome that. But it becomes an issue — it becomes an issue of where do you draw the line? Do you draw the line at advocacy journalism because there are a number of people that crossed that line, as I said? But there’s hard — there’s hard passes and there’s daily passes, as you are well aware. For a hard pass, you have to have a House and Senate credential, you have to regularly cover the White House, you have to apply for it, you have to go through a detailed FBI background check.

My understanding was, when he started coming to the White House about two years ago, the staff asked to see that it — that he represented a news organization that published regularly. And they showed that, so he was cleared and has been cleared ever since based on that time.

And this is just now something that’s come to my attention more recently because it’s been an issue raised in some media reports.

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