White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan

The Pot’s Calling the Kettle Black, Say McClellan Book Critics

May 28, 2008 05:11 PM
by Cara McDonough
In a new memoir, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan delivers a highly critical look at President George W. Bush and his administration.

30-Second Summary

McClellan’s most notable accusation is that the Bush administration all but lied to the American people, selling the Iraq war with a “political propaganda campaign” led by President Bush.

But perhaps most shocking is that McClellan wrote the book at all.

During his tenure from 2003 to 2006, McClellan was not only seen as a staunch supporter of the Bush administration but was often henpecked by reporters who accused him of lying to cover up the truth about issues including the Iraq war, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Valerie Plame affair.

The release of his memoir, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception,” has launched a wave of criticism from all corners of the political blogosphere.

“The ‘Culture of Deception’ subtitle could not be more ironic for an author who once stood, day after day … defending the administration’s every move,” writes Mark Silva on The Chicago Tribune political blog The Swamp.

A blogger on the left-leaning blog The Daily Kos attacks McClellan for only now confirming “everything that we dirty hippie bloggers were screaming about at the top of our lungs, but which the traditional media ignored because … well, because Scott McClellan stood at his little White House podium and denied it all.”

Conservatives aren’t letting McClellan off easy, either. A post on conservative blog Red State includes a picture of McClellan and Bush shaking hands in 2007, accompanied by the comment, “I can’t help but wonder if that smile on his sorry face was hiding thoughts of the book advance he had coming…”

Headline Links: McClellan’s attack on the Bush administration

Opinion & Analysis: The bloggers

Oh, the hypocrisy
Give the guy a break

Reactions: Karl Rove and others at the White House respond

Background: Valerie Plame

Key Player: Scott McClellan

Reference: The book


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