Within days, it was reported that Fox had been excluded from an interview with administration official Ken Feinberg, with bureau chiefs from the White House press pool coming to Fox’s defense. A bureau chief said, “If any member had been excluded it would have been the same thing, it has nothing to do with Fox or the White House or the substance of the issues”. Shortly after the story broke, the White House admitted to a low-level mistake, saying Fox had not made a specific request to interview Feinberg. Fox White House correspondent Major Garrett stated he had not made a specific request, however had a “standing request from me as senior White House correspondent on Fox to interview any newsmaker at the Treasury at any given time information is being made”. In September 2009, the Obama administration engaged in a verbal conflict with Fox News Channel.
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