This is nothing new, but it speaks to the frustration of the press. Let's nickname Bush the Propaganda President. Reading this article in conjunction with Dean's is pretty chilling.
Even Mr. Fleischer's Democratic predecessors said the strategy of limiting information to the press was effective. While he said he was more accommodating to reporters, Michael D. McCurry, a press secretary to President Bill Clinton, said he believed Mr. Fleischer may have found a more successful approach: "To be very, very disciplined and treat the press like caged animals and only feed them on a regular schedule."