DIARY: Bush aide threatens to stop the press

On a Bush campaign bus bound for the Waterloo, IA, airport late last month, a few reporters heard spokeswoman Mindy Tucker say something about press conferences. But don’t bother asking anyone on George W.’s staff exactly what Tucker said or what she meant by it.

On a Bush campaign bus bound for the Waterloo, IA, airport late last month, a few reporters heard spokeswoman Mindy Tucker say something about press conferences. But don’t bother asking anyone on George W.’s staff exactly what Tucker said or what she meant by it.

On a Bush campaign bus bound for the Waterloo, IA, airport late

last month, a few reporters heard spokeswoman Mindy Tucker say something

about press conferences. But don’t bother asking anyone on George W.’s

staff exactly what Tucker said or what she meant by it.



The Boston Globe and New York Daily News reported that Tucker threatened

to limit access to the candidate, saying, ’We are not going to have one

big fat news conference on our schedule where you can come and ask about

what you think is the news of the day.’



But apparently, Tucker’s fightin’ words might have been a bit out of

line. Her boss Karen Hughes claimed her aide had mischaracterized Bush’s

communications strategy. ’We’ll be dropping into a lot of diners, and

you all will be with us,’ she said.



So will reporters have the usual access to GWB? ’I think Karen made it

clear that Governor Bush would be very accessible,’ said Austin-based

spokesperson Scott McClellan. He also claimed not to know the context of

Tucker’s comments and noted that since she was on the road, she probably

wouldn’t be available for clarification.



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