Game of chicken

QUESTION: All right. If that’s the case, then why does he even need an independent investigation? Why doesn’t he simply call those who are responsible to come forward —

McCLELLAN: Do you have something to bring to our attention? I mean, let me make clear, if anyone has information about this leak of classified information, they need to report it to the Department of Justice — anyone.

The media types don’t want to set a precedent of revealing anonymous sources (afterthought: and rightly so), and the White House knows it. So who blinks first?