Washington Post reporter Jim VandeHei asked to have the television
on Air Force One tuned to CNN instead of Fox News, but his request was initially
"I was told, 'We don't watch CNN here, you can only watch Fox,'"
"My question would be, is there a White House policy that all
government TVs have to be tuned to Fox?" VandeHei asked White House spokesman
Scott McClellan, who is soon to be replaced by former Fox anchor and self-described
conservative Tony Snow.
McClellan denied there is an official policy, saying that the four televisions
in his office are tuned onto all the major news channels, CNN reported.
"I've never known anyone that's raised a complaint about a request from
back here to watch a different channel," McClellan said.
VandeHei replied, "I'm officially raising it, and officially complaining
McClellan said he found the question "quite amusing," and left to
see about making the change.
Eighteen minutes after VandeHei raised the issue, McClellan had resolved it.
The Smoking Gun Web site recently reported that whenever Vice President Dick
Cheney stays in a hotel room, he insists that all TVs in his suite be tuned
to Fox News.