QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS IN THE WHITE HOUSE….Editor & Publisher reprints a priceless exchange in the White House briefing room between Terry Moran and Scott McClellan. Since McClellan’s answers don’t have any semantic content worth spending pixels on, I figured I would edit the transcript just to reproduce the questions:

Q Scott, is the insurgency in Iraq in its ‘last throes’?

Q But the insurgency is in its last throes?

Q But they’re killing more Americans, they’re killing more Iraqis. That’s the last throes?

Q Right. What is the evidence that the insurgency is in its last throes?

Q What’s the evidence on the ground that it’s being extinguished?

Q Well, I’m just wondering what the metric is for measuring the defeat of the insurgency.

Q Yes. Is there any idea how long a ‘last throe’ lasts for?

Here’s an idea: maybe the White House should institute “wiki-briefings” that allow us all to go in and edit the transcripts. That would be fun, wouldn’t it?

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