Monday, December 02, 2002

Let's compare DiIulio's statement with Fox News' writeup.

Fox says:

DiIulio denied that his exchange with author Ron Suskind, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and
Pulitzer Prize winner who wrote a piece last summer about the power of departed adviser Karen
Hughes, included such comments. DiIulio also stated that Suskind's piece contained factual errors,
mentioned exchanges that never took place and attributed comments to DiIulio that DiIulio denies
having made.

While DiIulio (quoted by them) says:

"My work schedule being too packed to permit sit-down interviews ... I gathered up [Suskind's]
questions and responded in a single long memo in late October 2002. However, several quotes and
anecdotes concerning or attributed to me in the article are not from that response," DiIulio said in a
written statement.

"Obviously, I cannot speak to the veracity or accuracy of comments in the article by numerous named
and unnamed others, but, in my opinion, the article is unjustly hard on Mr. Rove and over-the-top
complimentary to me, thereby creating a too-pat contrast that is, I feel, most unfair to Mr. Rove," he

"I regret any and all misimpressions. In this season of fellowship and forgiveness, I pray the same."

He didn't say that anything in the article was incorrect - that he didn't say or write the things that were attributed to him - just that there are things that were written that weren't in the specific response he's referring to.