Ari & I: Russell Mokhiber, Editor of <I>Corporate Crime Reporter</I> Describes What It's Like to Cover the White House: "They Keep You at the Gate. They Don't Let You in. They Don't Give You a Press P

January 24, 2003


Polls indicate that most Americans are opposed to war, yet there are few questions at the White House Press Briefings with Ari Fleischer representing that point of view. Occasionally though, some tough questions are asked:

“. . . , how many convicted criminals are on the White House staff?...

" . . .what was the President thinking when he appointed an alleged war criminal to investigate a war crime?...

". . . the President wants regime change in Iraq, . . . Why don’t you just say the President wants to overthrow the government in Iraq?. . ."These are just a few of the questions that have been asked by Russell Mokhiber, the editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter. He co-authors the weekly "Focus on the Corporation" column with Robert Weissman which Common Dreams publishes and attends daily White House press briefings with Ari Fleischer. Transcripts of his interviews with Ari Fleischer are highlighted under "Ari & I" on the Common Dreams website.


  • Russell Mokhiber, White House reporter and editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter. E-mail:

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