Tomorrow's column will be devoted to the Fox News/Karl Rove session, but I'll offer up a few observations on what went down after the jump...
Compared to the very testy CNN session from last Friday, this was, if not a lovefest, then remarkably tame. We asked the expected questions about the doctored photos, the "terrorist fist-bump" quote, and Rove's refusal to answer the Congressional subpoena to testify about the Justice Department probe, but the tone was far more restrained and matter-of-fact than anything the folks at CNN got. The only time any kind of liberal bias creeped in was the moment when Fox News VP John Moody uttered the phrase “I don’t think Karl would cross an ethical line like that," and there was very audible snickering throughout the room.
But Chris Wallace apparently felt that we had treated his new colleague unfairly, and at session's end, he grabbed the microphone and proceeded to lecture us on the "double standard" we had just used in our questioning, suggesting we wouldn't be that tough on CNN in a similar situation.
“We would!” barked one critic.
"You weren’t here for CNN!” barked another.
“You would?” Wallace asked. “I wonder.”