The White House on the Murder of Jesse Dirkhising

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

(Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from the October 25 White House press briefing, as published on the White House Internet site. The questioner in this exchange with White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart is Les Kinsolving.)

Q: Joe, since the President spoke out so commendably about the murder of adult homosexual Matt Shepard in Wyoming, I'm wondering what was his reaction to the repeated rape and murder of 13-year-old Jesse Dirkhising (phonetic) by two adult homosexual men in Arkansas?

MR. LOCKHART: I don't know that the President is aware of that circumstance.

Q: It was page one of the Washington Times on Saturday. Don't you read that paper, Joe?

MR. LOCKHART: No, I don't normally do, nor do I think the President. But I think -

Q: Could you possibly -- could you ask him?

MR. LOCKHART: I think as a matter of general principle, the President abhors any kind of violent act. And we have worked very hard over the last seven years in a very productive way to reduce crime in this country.

Q: As his media advisor, were you surprised that while the murder of an adult, Shepard, received enormous coverage in the big media, this multiple rape and murder of a child went so widely unreported?

MR. LOCKHART: I try to keep my media criticisms to myself.