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Today's WH press briefing
Some hack/flack terminology:
- Close hold: Don't tell anyone
- Gaggle: Informal, off-camera briefing with Press Corps by the White House Press Secretary
- Nothingburger : A derisive term to describe a story or event that doesn't have a lot of importance/significance — but is hyped as though it does
- Pool hold: The place where the reporters and photograhers stay while the president's at an event.
- Pooled Press: A media arrangement where the major TV networks "pool" their resources and one network covers an event for the others. ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox and NBC are in the network pool rotation.
- Pool spray : Media are allowed into an event at the White House for a quick minute or so and photographers are "spraying the room" — shooting from left to right, quickly, to capture the scene.
- Prebuttal: A preemptive rebuttal
- Pushback: Opposition or resistance to a plan and in this case — a reporter.
- VIP pool: When the five networks "pool" their coverage of a very important person's travel.
- Walk it back: To try to refine, clarify or minimize a statement to undo the damage
- Limiting access to information
- Interview requests and "minders"
- The loophole in the White House logs
- FOIA Federal scorecard
Review: a typology of leaks
- Evans-Novak column of March 9, 1981: Stockman trashes Drew Lewis -- animus leak
- Evans-Novak column of July 10, 1981: Sandra Day O'Connor -- policy leak
Novak had a temper, even with Evans:
He still had a temper in 2005:
Late in life, he explained the leak in the Valerie Plame case: