Regular observers of Washington’s press corps know Les Kinsolving well: He’s the unique (some might say kooky) White House reporter who asks some very colorful questions at briefings.
Here’s a sampling of Kinsolving questions for the books: “The New York Post is constantly gaining circulation. And my question, do you [the press secretary] and the president believe that The Washington Post might also gain, rather than lose, if its editorial and reportorial writing were more like The New York Post rather than like The New York Times, which is also seriously losing circulation?” And this one: “While he was in Hawaii, did the president visit the hospital where he was reportedly born, which is which one?”
As a result, he hasn’t exactly been embraced by everyone in the White House press corps as “one of the gang,” and, according to a new biography of Kinsolving, that’s been the case since Day One.
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“Gadfly,” which is written by Kinsolving’s daughter, Kathleen, provides an amazingly glowing profile of her father (“a journalist who roams the halls of power like a roaring lion, seeking whatever liars he may devour”). In the book, she describes Kinsolving’s first day on the job in the White House: “At his very first White House press briefing, Les was cornered by five reporters including ‘the most respected of the White House press corps,’ John Osborne of New Republic. They interrogated him, demanding to know who he was and what he was doing at the White House,” she writes.
Read More: By PATRICK GAVIN, Politico