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Published on Wednesday, May 9, 2001
 
Ari the Evader by Russell Mokhiber...
 
Ari & I
White House Press Briefing with Ari Fleischer
 
 
May 9, 2001 12:30 P.M.
 
 
by Russell Mokhiber
 
     
  Yesterday, Ari Fleischer limited me to one question. Every other reporter was not so limited. The question I asked yesterday was about President Bush's view on the FCC's historic decision last month allowing foreign government controlled-companies to purchase U.S.-based telecommunications firms -- effectively nullifying a 60-year old federal law prohibiting such purchases. With its decision, the FCC allowed the German government-controlled Deutsche Telekom to purchase the U.S.-based VoiceStream. Ari said yesterday he would try and get an answer for me.

Today (May 9, 2001 12:30 p.m.), after extensive arm-waving to get his attention, Ari just turned to me and said: "Russell, I'm still working on your question. I think I'll have something for you later today." He refused to take any other question from me. I'm down to zero. Stay tuned.

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-Thanks to Russell Mokhiber

White House reporter Russell Mokhiber is the editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter - www.corporatecrimereporter.com. He co-authors the weekly Focus on the Corporation column with Robert Weissman which Common Dreams publishes. He can be reached at: russell@nationalpress.com

 

 
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