UPDATE:  Gibbs made the mistake.

A Fox News executive told the Huffington Post Saturday that the network “absolutely” did request an interview with Obama administration “pay czar” Kenneth Feinberg and that the White House acknowledged a mistake on the part of a Treasury department staffer in failing to initially include Fox News in the round of interviews Feinberg conducted Thursday.

“Of course we requested an interview,” Fox News Senior Vice President Michael Clemente told the Huffington Post.

This directly contradicts reports by the Associated Press and Talking Points Memo, both of which reported that the White House had excluded Fox News because it did not request an interview.

Whether Fox News requested an interview was irrelevant in this case, however, as the interview was conducted a pool including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and Fox News.

It’s ALL or NONE.

If Fox can’t have access, don’t expect the others to play.  They understand the White House better than the White House understands itself.  They aren’t about to exclude another new organization based on favorites.

Kudos to the sister organizations that said, “no” to the White House.

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