Taking Flak, Dodging Bullets
Just for fun, I'll give you a sampling of the spokesperson's answers only:
I have no idea....There you have it, the answer to all your questions. (Mea culpa, the spokesperson did have some informative answers sprinkled in, but if this were a game between the "evasives" and the "informatives," it would have been a blow-out win for the e-team.) I'll check and get back to you, but I believe the "evasives" have an undefeated season going. But I don't know. I have no idea.
I don’t know, I would have to take a look. ... I can ask for you.
No, I am not.
I don’t know.
No, no, don’t twist this around, okay?
I don’t know.
I have no idea. I have no idea.
Now, let’s see what Mr. Volcker’s judgement is before we speculate about what happens next.
I doubt it would have been shredded, but I can look into that for you, yes.
I did not specifically ask that question. I can do so ...
I’d have to look into that. I’m not sure.
You’ll have to ask Mr. Volcker that.
Okay, I will ask that.
No, I cannot.
We’ll have to dig into the historical record and see what’s there. I myself don’t know.
I have no idea. That’s up to Mr. Volcker.
I’ll have to ask. I frankly don’t know.
I’ll see. I’m not hopeful.
That’s really up to Mr. Volcker to decide.
I consider that an absurd question, and the answer if you need it is no, of course, he did not.
I just find that somehow questions in this briefing get twisted in a way to attack the Secretary-General, rather than to put on the record reasonable bits of information. Of course, it’s our position that the Secretary-General did not lie. It’s our consistent position throughout.