McClellan press briefing played


Video of parts of a briefing by White House press secretary Scott McClellan were played for the Libby jury this afternoon.

The sketch shows “Scooter” Libby and a member of his defense team on the far left, while in the foreground the following members of the press watch the jurors watching the video of McClellan: (L to R) NPR’s Nina Totenberg, behind Nina, partially obscured, is AP’s Mike Stiffen, and in the second row are ABC producer Jason Ryan and correspondent Pierre Thomas.

Washington Post story is here.

Slate refers to the above drawing here.

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Art Lien

Courtartist is me, Art Lien. I've been sketching the courts since 1976, and for most of that time the U.S. Supreme Court has been my regular beat. I've been working almost exclusively for NBC News since 1980. Courtroom sketching is a form of visual journalism or reportage drawing that is slowly dying out. Where once upon a time news organization each had their own artist covering a story, today a "pool" artist often sketches for all. It is a demanding and stressful discipline where the drawing is often done directly and under tight deadline.

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