plamegate gets legs

Like many, I’m watching the evolving Plamegate/Rove-leaked fracas inhorrified fascination. Yesterday’s press gaggle had a wonderful bit of smart-assery from the press corps:

Q Did the President get his news yesterday about Justice Rehnquist’s health from media reports?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, Andy Card and I did, and Andy Card and I informed the President in the Oval Office yesterday, shortly after the news reports came out. I think that that was the case previously, when the Chief Justice went into the hospital, we didn’t have any advance notification either.

Q So why is it acceptable for him to base his information about the Chief Justice’s health on news reports, but not about an investigation within the West Wing? What’s the distinction there?

(via Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle at First Draft.)