McConnell gives advice to media on covering Obama scandals: ‘How would I be writing this story if this were a Republican administration?’

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

WASHINGTON — During his weekly Senate Republican press conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had some advice for the media.

Much of the press availability was devoted to three Obama administration scandals that have dominated the news cycle in recent days: the attacks in Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups and the Justice Department secretly obtaining phone records of Associated Press reporters.

“Before taking a few questions, let me just add one thing,” the Senate minority leader said after he and the Republican leadership ended their initial remarks on the scandals.

“As you continue to file your stories on this subject,” McConnell said, “ask yourself before you write, ‘How would I be writing this story if this were a Republican administration?’”

A few laughs were let out, but most of the dozens of reporters remained silent.

“I’ll be happy to take a few questions,” McConnell then said.

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