It all started at 5:22pmET last Friday.
McClellan made the distinction, “between the journalists and between the commentators,” but when pressed by Matthews if “people say, ‘call Sean [Hannity], call Bill [O'Reilly], call whoever,’” McClellan concurred.
“Certainly it wasn’t necessarily something I was doing, but it was something we at the White House, yes, were doing in getting them talking points and making sure they knew where we were coming from,” he said, although he qualified, “I think that happens both ways when people go on other networks that are favorable to Democrats.”
Next, the story got picked up by Countdown Friday night. “It’s one of those things you kind of assumed to have been true all along, and yet you are shocked when hard confirmation actually shows up on your door,” said Keith Olbermann.
Then, on Sunday, the story made an appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources. Host Howard Kurtz discussed the Hardball segment with National Review’s Jim Geraghty and commentator/author Keli Goff: “Has McClellan kind of ripped the lid off a seamy situation here, where the Bush White House was funneling its message, its talking points, to the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity?”
Then, on The Radio Factor yesterday, and on his show last night, O’Reilly addressed the notion — and called out the “idiot” McClellan.