Fox News contributor Dana Perino, who is the former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, had this to say about her time serving Bush and their treatment of NBC:

PERINO: I could have taken that tack, but I thought it was not the right thing to do and I think it’s mostly because it’s really unproductive, it feels un-American, and it’s not inspiring.

However, history tells a different story:

In a May 20, 2008, press briefing, when asked about “the back-and-forth between you guys and NBC News,” and a letter sent by then-White House counselor Ed Gillespie to NBC alleging the network had “deceptively edited” an interview with Bush, Perino stated, “The reason that we sent the letter yesterday is because we had gotten fed up with the way that the President’s policies are being mischaracterized.” She added, “We had complained before. And it just reached a boiling point when things had boiled over when we believed that NBC News specifically edited out — intentionally edited out — something that the President said in response to a question in an interview regarding Iran, and that it mischaracterized the whole interview because of it.”

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MS. PERINO: We have not heard back from them on that specific matter. We anxiously await any response that we would get on it. But I think it’s quite telling that they have been silent.

The reason that we sent the letter yesterday is because we had gotten fed up with the way that the President’s policies are being mischaracterized, or the situations on the ground weren’t being accurately reflected in the reporting. We had complained before. And it just reached a boiling point when things had boiled over when we believed that NBC News specifically edited out — intentionally edited out — something that the President said in response to a question in an interview regarding Iran, and that it mischaracterized the whole interview because of it.

As regards the civil war, I remember very distinctly how there was quite the pomp and circumstance when NBC, on the Today Show, decided to declare — that they were declaring that Iraq was a civil war. But since then, after the surge and things certainly improved in Iraq, NBC has never had a corresponding ceremony to say that Iraq is not in a civil war. I was just curious to find out what they believe.

And the same goes with the economy. When we got the numbers just two weeks ago on the GDP for the economic growth, it said that we had grown at 0.6 percent. And yet the anchor that night decided to disavow that number. We’re just curious what part of the official government data that’s been coming out for years do they not agree with. So we haven’t had a response on that.

And just another point on this is that President Bush is going to continue to state what United States policy is for the next eight months, and certainly during the six months that there’s an election going on. If, for example, if tomorrow President Bush says that he believes that the tax cuts should be made permanent, that doesn’t mean he’s attacking anybody; he is stating his policy. And we just want to make sure it’s really clear that we’re not going to allow the President’s policies to be dragged into the ’08 election unnecessarily and unfairly.

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