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Sifting Through the Friday News Dump

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Sifting Through the Friday News Dump

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Sifting Through the Friday News Dump

Sifting Through the Friday News Dump

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Often, the White House sets the release of bad news and unflattering documents to late Friday afternoon. The Pentagon and other agencies also use the practice, a legacy of earlier administrations. Michele Norris discusses the Friday news dump with two veterans of the practice: Torie Clarke, the Pentagon's chief spokesperson until June of 2003; and Joe Lockhart, a former Clinton press secretary.