McClellan: You know who’s pretty intriguing? Barack Obama

posted at 10:15 pm on May 29, 2008 by Allahpundit

RedLasso being RedLasso, there’s a fair chance this won’t play by the time the post is published. If that happens, just watch the clip at HuffPo. As I write this, he’s on MSNBC drinking deep from the well of Strange New Respect with the man who once accused him of participating in “treasonous” behavior and called on him to resign. I should have added that as a corollary to last night’s post: Yes, Olby’s show is one long serial exercise in questioning his opponents’ patriotism, but tell him what he wants to hear and he’s remarkably forgiving.

In fairness, McClellan’s not saying anything here that Jenna Bush hasn’t, and he’s likely being victimized by some unfair editing. He had nice things to say about McCain earlier in an interview with USA Today; oddly enough, it’s only the Obama stuff that made it onto ABC. Exit question for anyone familiar with the publishing industry, which I am not: Salon is touting the fact that he got less than $100,000 for his advance (a pittance compared to Rove) as proof that he’s not in this for the money. But given the spectacular claims he’s making about Bush and the fact that the book’s headed for the Times bestseller list with a bullet, doesn’t he stand to make a fortune on the royalties anyway? In fact, if he didn’t get much up front, doesn’t that only give him that much more incentive to try to move units by making his claims extra-special spectacular?


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Imagine that… a book slamming the president, then interest in the liberal candidate? Who woulda thunk it?

cannonball on May 29, 2008 at 10:18 PM

The private sector not working out for ya these days, eh Scott?

Bishop on May 29, 2008 at 10:18 PM

And now a word from Press Secretary Forehead Flop-Sweat.

Rhinoboy on May 29, 2008 at 10:21 PM

Jeez, the guy is still a maroon. What’s up with these guys with the squinty little pig eyes and big foreheads? He reminds me of that Scarbrough (spell) douche and … brain fade … dang, it’s hard getting older.

Bush’s main problem was his promotion and retention of absolute tools who darned near destroyed his presidency.

funky chicken on May 29, 2008 at 10:21 PM

What does this say about Olbermann and his claims that the Bush Administration consists of war criminals and fascists?

Here he has one of the leading Ministers of Propaganda, a man he claims has been disseminating lies and falsehoods and how does he treat him?

Does he call him a war criminal? Does he question him about promoting fascist and criminal policies?

If Olbermann truly does believe 1/10 of the stuff he throws against the Bush Administration, he’d be all over McClellan for being an accomplice to those crimes.

After all, McClellan, while critical of the White House, never admits to being a war criminal or having engaged in illegal actions.

C’mon Olbermann, show us how tough you are?

Or is it all an act?

SteveMG on May 29, 2008 at 10:21 PM

Mr. McClellan reminds me of a certain bagged cleaning product used by females. I won’t say which.

malan89 on May 29, 2008 at 10:23 PM

And now a word from Press Secretary Forehead Flop-Sweat.

Best comment ever.

malan89 on May 29, 2008 at 10:23 PM

Nice work, Bush. Paul O’Neill and Scott McClellan probably earned you an extra half dozen log cabin votes in 2004.

Buddahpundit on May 29, 2008 at 10:25 PM

If he would have peeped when it mattered, if it did, and then resigned…but this way he’ll just be another nobody. The ‘media’ will use him and drop him for the weasel they know he is.

Weasels from all quarters don’t deserve any respect, nor do they have any for themselves.

Entelechy on May 29, 2008 at 10:25 PM

I love how excited the ABC newsbabe gets when he says he hasn’t decided. At this point, I don’t even think they care about people knowing they’re in the tank for Obama.

malan89 on May 29, 2008 at 10:26 PM

Amazing that he never seemed to mention this to anybody, including close colleagues that didn’t even work for the Administration anymore, until he wants to sell a book through a Soros-owned publisher.

And now a word from Press Secretary Forehead Flop-Sweat.

Heh.

amerpundit on May 29, 2008 at 10:27 PM

Well, the target audience for his book is moonbats. He can’t drive them away by supporting McCain.

Whatever.

VolMagic on May 29, 2008 at 10:27 PM

Of course it’s about the money. The last amount I got for a book advance was…let me check my records here…er, exactly..Zero. How is it relevant that he received less than someone else? How is one hundred thousand dollars (as an advance, mind you) a pittance? He’ll do nicely off the royalties from the book sales.

This person knew exactly what he was doing. Whitley Strieber also knows his fans well and had made a nice living off of it.

If your audience are gullible dupes with a persecution complex and cash, you can make a lot of dough tapping into that market. But first you have to sell a bit of your soul and self-respect….or a lot.

Asher on May 29, 2008 at 10:28 PM

I hope Scott realizes that NOBODY will ever be able trust him, or to place him into a position of being left alone!

byteshredder on May 29, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Tom Hagen was unavailable for comment.

Limerick on May 29, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Bush got exactly what he deserved. He gave this incompetent fool an important job and kept him in the position long after it was obvious to everyone the guy was way over his head. He looked and sounded like Patrick Starfish. McClellan’s reign marked the beginning of the poor communication that did grave harm to the Presidency and GOP in general. His was the worst Press Secretary in my lifetime and it came at a time when the country desperately needed a really good one.

Every idiot Bush hired and kept out of loyalty have done us great harm and come back after their incompetency is fully exposed to bite Bush right on the arse.

TheBigOldDog on May 28, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Great take on this idiot from the long comments thread yesterday.

funky chicken on May 29, 2008 at 10:32 PM

This guy is, and always was a total lightweight…a reminder that one of Bush’s biggest weaknesses was those he chose to put his trust in to carry off big jobs that were totally beyond their competence. That’s not saying he hasn’t chosen some good ones: Petreus, for example, but he still has still picked a lot of also-rans and outright losers to fill important positions in this government and Scotty-boy was at the bottom of his barrel. I doubt he even realizes it to this day.

AUINSC on May 29, 2008 at 10:33 PM

Like Savage says, “Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.” Do you think McClellan caught the disease? It’s happened to a few others, too. But very few thanks to new therapeutic procedures and treatments.

Travis1 on May 29, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Scott McClellan is the latest in a long list of political heads who have sold their soul to Mr. Soros.

Scott can now keep company with Cindy Sheehan as soon as Mr. Soros is finished mopping the floor with this sell out loser.

Keemo on May 29, 2008 at 10:35 PM

McClellan needs money.

End of story.

Talon on May 29, 2008 at 10:37 PM

Salon is touting the fact that he got less than $100,000 for his advance

How much did he get from Soros?

Connie on May 29, 2008 at 10:38 PM

McClellan needs money.

End of story.

Talon on May 29, 2008 at 10:37 PM

Interesting character contrast between this guy and Tony Snow…what did Tony do when he needed money?

surrounded on May 29, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Ok, well, I just basically said exactly what that guy above me posted, when I posted my last post, only he said it much better that I did…yeah, what he said!

AUINSC on May 29, 2008 at 10:49 PM

why isn’t the Publisher being a Soros company not getting more play? only seen it on LGF

jp on May 29, 2008 at 10:52 PM

Of course he needs the money since his public display of incompetence ensured that he would not find a good job after he was politely told to leave the Bush Administration. HE NEEDS the 15 mins of additional fame (and $$) this gives him. I hope he spends it wisely.

HawaiiLwyr on May 29, 2008 at 10:54 PM

“We’re Misleading the American Public … About 9/11″ [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

Not to pile on here — I may just turn off the TV — but Keith Olbermann says that and Scott McClellan just sits there. I know Scott McClellan has joined the antiwar mind meld about Iraq. But 9/11?

This is the Scott McClellan I remember. Maddening.

05/29 08:29 PM

Hey, maybe he can go on Alex Jones’s show next!

funky chicken on May 29, 2008 at 10:55 PM

Hey, maybe he can go on Alex Jones’s show next!

funky chicken on May 29, 2008 at 10:55 PM

HA! Yeah or Robbie Ray-Ray, or whatever that silly sot of a woman’s name is, on air america.

surrounded on May 29, 2008 at 11:09 PM

why isn’t the Publisher being a Soros company not getting more play? only seen it on LGF

Shhh! The media has a narrative. Brave whistleblower Scott McClellan tells world what Keith Olbermann already knew about Bush. Don’t mess with the narrative.

malan89 on May 29, 2008 at 11:13 PM

Deeply disappointing man. Just a thoroughly dishonorable way to behave. I’ll be curious to see what if anything Tony Snow has to say about this.

Jill1066 on May 29, 2008 at 11:13 PM

McClellan drank the kool-aid.

bigbeas on May 29, 2008 at 11:20 PM

He was pretty desicive in his book and now he can’t make up his mind?

It’s a game and when it’s over he get’s paid. Where was this tool during the Libby trial if he had evidence or testimony?

Makes me sick that people like this have or had such power in the running of this country.

Hog Wild on May 29, 2008 at 11:21 PM

Allah, I worked in the bookselling business for eight years. A high 5-figure advance is probably better than average but no where near what Karl Rove is getting. So you’re right about McClellan needing to do a lot to hype the book and promote it. After this first round of shows he’ll need to say something interesting to maintain sales. We could see a few bombs thrown a la Ann Coulter. Judging from the excerpts I’ve read getting outrageous will be his only way to make up for rather lame, non-newsworthy writing.

seanhackbarth on May 29, 2008 at 11:22 PM

Jeezzz. . . He drank the whole ten liter jug
of stooopid juice. He’s wacked. How in the world did GW
pick this guy in the first place.

Texyank on May 29, 2008 at 11:36 PM

Since Bush surrounded himself with losers like this, it may explain the non-pardon of the two border agents. Maybe he doesn’t know the whole story. I’ll email him (or at least the WH) again to remind him to pardon these two men…and I double dog dare the democrats to run around screeching about it!

SouthernGent on May 29, 2008 at 11:46 PM

Hey, maybe he can go on Alex Jones’s show next!
funky chicken on May 29, 2008 at 10:55 PM

They’d have to bump Ron Paul.

Next week might work out.

wise_man on May 30, 2008 at 12:01 AM

Nice,and he works for President Bush,
or did!

This is more about trying to get a job
with Liberal talking shows,like CNN!

A helluva sellout Scott,what an honour
he had working in the White House!

Talk about selling your soul!

canopfor on May 30, 2008 at 12:07 AM

McClellan needs money.

End of story.

Talon on May 29, 2008 at 10:37 PM

If only it WERE end of story! This thing is only a couple days old, and it’s already boring.

As if there were anybody left in the world who cares how this weasel is going to vote, or that he’s intrigued by BO–other than the MSM, and they don’t count!

Last is First on May 30, 2008 at 12:14 AM

I’m starting to wonder what Soros has on this guy, or is it just a classic case of weaselly wanker consumed by jealousy for the cool guy that tried to help him out.

funky chicken on May 30, 2008 at 12:15 AM

McClellan has made all the rounds and still no specifics or facts to back up these “propaganda to get us into war” allegations.

What was he told to lie about or manipulate.

Who told him to lie or manipulate intelligence.

When and where.

Can he make “direct” connections to Bush/Cheney.

(this bar has been set pretty high considering how the left has ignored all the Saddam/al-qaeda connections because al-qaeda cannot be linked “directly” to Saddam.
Guilt by association is out also after the incredible amount of defending the Obama/Rev. Wright 20 yr.relationship with the “but Obama didn’t say it,time to move on” theme.)

I was worried about this McClellan situation at first because of his closeness and position within the White House.But this has turned into nothing more than a media
BDS orgy with none of the women showing up.

I wish the democrats good luck holding hearings with McClellan’s generic platitudes and unsubstantiated accusations.

Having some dumba$$(that democrats spent years calling a liar Bush nazi) write a book rattling off democratic accusations to confirm their hysterical rantings is not a substitute for facts or validates the left’s arguments against the Bush administration.

Scott McClellan always was and still is, nothing but
David Gregory and the MSM’s No. 1 Beta Boy.

Baxter Greene on May 30, 2008 at 12:20 AM

why isn’t the Publisher being a Soros company not getting more play? only seen it on LGF

jp on May 29, 2008 at 10:52 PM

I hadn’t seen that. I just assumed Soros paid McClellan to write the book. Here’s the LGF link.

The Soros-McClellan Connection

Connie on May 30, 2008 at 12:31 AM

Actually, I should say, I assumed Soros & Co. said they would pretty much write for him and put his name on it. I foresee a clinically depressed Scotty a year from now.

Connie on May 30, 2008 at 12:33 AM

And now a word from Press Secretary Forehead Flop-Sweat.

Rhinoboy on May 29, 2008 at 10:21 PM

Coffee-through-the-nose funny. You owe me a key board man.

labrat on May 30, 2008 at 12:39 AM

While Scotty and the MSM are working up such a sweat trying
to figure out who can put the best flying lip-lock on each others butt pertaining to how much of a failure taking the
terrorist genocidal dictator Saddam out, the world sees the
reality and benefits of a free Iraq:

World praises progress in Iraq as Baghdad seeks debt relief
18 hours ago
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iPmfoMR0GDFx8KkGeO3BPlY4qsGg

STOCKHOLM (AFP) — World leaders, including UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on Thursday hailed Baghdad’s progress in combatting violence and stabilising Iraq.
A declaration adopted by 100 delegations at a Stockholm conference said the participants “recognised the important efforts made by the (Iraqi) government to improve security and public order and combat terrorism and sectarian violence across Iraq.”
It also acknowledged political and economic progress made, and said that “given the difficult context, these successes are all the more remarkable.”

Esteem for US rises in Asia, thanks to Iraq war
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23599516-7583,00.html

Greg Sheridan, Foreign editor | April 26, 2008
THE US war in Iraq has strengthened its strategic position, especially in terms of key alliances, and the only way this could be reversed would be if it lost the will to continue the struggle and abandoned Iraq in defeat and disarray.

B.C. researchers find decline in global terrorism, question previous data
1 day ago
http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5iJciaxCBODpiOZKXuLS73Q0gpaBA

VANCOUVER — A group of researchers from Simon Fraser University says global terrorism is on the decline, despite previous data and public perceptions that suggest otherwise.
The university’s Human Security Report Project says fatalities from terrorist attacks around the world have, in fact, decreased by 40 per cent since 2001.


The importance of defeating our enemies:

Al Qaeda Discusses Losing Iraq
http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htiw/articles/20080527.aspx

May 27, 2008: Al Qaeda web sites are making a lot of noise about “why we lost in Iraq.” Western intelligence agencies are fascinated by the statistics being posted in several of these Arab language sites. Not the kind of stuff you read about in the Western media. According to al Qaeda, their collapse in Iraq was steep and catastrophic.

Fascinating: The Jihadists Admit Defeat in Iraq
http://talismangate.blogspot.com/2008/05/fascinating-jihadists-admit-defeat-in.html

A prolific jihadist sympathizer has posted an ‘explosive’ study on one of the main jihadist websites in which he laments the dire situation that the mujaheddin find themselves in Iraq by citing the steep drop in the number of insurgent operations conducted by the various jihadist groups, most notably Al-Qaeda’s 94 percent decline in operational ability over the last 12 months when only a year and half ago Al-Qaeda accounted for 60 percent of all jihadist activity!

But Harry Reid told us the war was “lost”.

What are those democrats going to do with all those

Save Darfur,Free Tibet, Screw Iraq
vote Democrat in 08

Bumper stickers.

Baxter Greene on May 30, 2008 at 12:44 AM

McClellan is trying to be Gene to Bush’s Phineas. How romantic! How tragic! He must have found the backstabbing murderer somehow heroic or something. My disturbed 8th grade English teacher made us read A Separate Peace…awful.

The volatile world of male adolescence provides the backdrop for John Knowles’ engrossing tale of love, hate, war, and peace. Sharing a room at Devon, an exclusive New England prep school, in the summer prior to World War II, Gene and Phineas form a complex bond of friendship that draws out both the best and worst characteristics of each boy and leads ultimately to violence, a confession, and the betrayal of trust.

funky chicken on May 30, 2008 at 12:44 AM

What’s funny about the media’s obsession with this – particularly on the left – is the lack of objective analysis.

President Bush has had 4 press secretaries, if I am correct. Fleisher, McClellan, Snow and now Perino. Three of the four of them were/are outstanding. One was like a frightened little kitten facing a pack of pitbulls… the same one who was eventually “forced out.”

Now let’s see… which one of the four wrote the book???

D2Boston on May 30, 2008 at 12:46 AM

Public Affairs dividion of Perseus

Look at the top 2 books.

Connie on May 30, 2008 at 12:47 AM

division…oops

Connie on May 30, 2008 at 12:48 AM

From a reader review at Amazon, the parallel with A Separate Peace :

Published in 1959 but set during World War II, the novel features two boarding-school roommates, Gene and Phineas, a.k.a. Finny. Gene’s the sensitive intellectual, and Finny the carefree jock. The two are best friends until one fatal day when one of them thoughtlessly jounces a tree limb the other is climbing on, sending him to a crippling fall. Unlike every other story of this kind, it’s the jock that gets hurt, as Gene suffers from jealousy, or guilt, or frustrated homosexuality, or trembly legs, or, well, something.

funky chicken on May 30, 2008 at 12:57 AM

Vieira Punts on Possible McClellan-Soros Connection

“By Mark Finkelstein | May 29, 2008 – 09:03 ET

Was George Soros behind the publication of Scott McClellan’s book? Meredith Vieira had the perfect opportunity this morning to find out—but chose to punt. The Today co-anchor certainly had the time: her much-touted exclusive interview with the author of What Happened ranged over the show’s first two half-hours. But even when McClellan himself put the issue on the table—citing his publisher by name and alluding to its philosophy—Vieira failed to pursue a line of questioning that could have put matters in an explosive new light.”

More at link.

Connie on May 30, 2008 at 12:57 AM

jealousy, or guilt, or frustrated homosexuality, or trembly legs, or, well, something.

Like I said – severe chronic depression a year from now.

Connie on May 30, 2008 at 1:00 AM

The Soros-McClellan Connection

My personal fave:

All Spin Zone: George Soros Ate Scott McClellan’s Brain

Connie on May 30, 2008 at 1:10 AM

Bottom line is that the Soros connection voids any possibility that McClellan told the truth in his book.

Connie on May 30, 2008 at 1:27 AM

Nice how her contained his burning moral outrage and strong sense of honor and deep concern for his country to the point where they could neatly fit into a book published long after the insights would have any effect on the circumatnces he now decries and condemns.

A post-mature ejaculation.

profitsbeard on May 30, 2008 at 2:19 AM

Comrade Obama is not homophobic he will accept all man love.

PrezHussein on May 30, 2008 at 3:39 AM

I’m already tired of this guy. His story is going to end up a tiny spec in the ash heap of history because in the final analysis his story is of no real consequence.

His book about disillusionment with his job & his employer is hardly earth shattering. And writing the book only really smacks of a guy who is trying to make a buck.

He’s a very unattractive fellow both in physical appearence and in his lack of class for his disloyalty. His small stature is a very good metaphor/measurement as to what his book will add to the recorded history.

Let the Daliy Kos/Keith Olberman group thinkers spittle about this rehashed crap of a memoir.

Another person attacking Bush & Co makes me want to yawn.

sheryl on May 30, 2008 at 4:09 AM

Mr. McClellan reminds me of a certain bagged cleaning product used by females. I won’t say which.

malan89 on May 29, 2008 at 10:23 PM

John Dean?

Brownie?

Every idiot Bush hired and kept out of loyalty have done us great harm and come back after their incompetency is fully exposed to bite Bush right on the arse.

TheBigOldDog on May 28, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Bush is a SOS magnet

On the other hand, this flopping sweat head was squirming and uncomfortable from day one at the White House. He had all the enthusiasm of one of my other most suspected political plants: Fred, the unenthusuastic candidate for the Presidency who got his groove back when he raced to hand his primary votes to McCain.

I hate puppets almost as much as I hate mimes but at least a mime screams to you “I am a mime, dispise me for what I am, but admire me for my lack of deception”

entagor on May 30, 2008 at 4:52 AM

1) Soros needs to be hounded by the press, but he won’t be because they see him as “on their side,” i.e. the left, and our “free press” is currently broken by collusion between its largest members.

2) One reason someone might take a smaller advance is to put more money into up-front promotion. McClellan probably only took the 100k because he’s otherwise unemployable, being a whining, incompetent, backstabbing PR flack.

3) Looking forward to seeing his book at the dollar store. I see a lot of left-wing screeds there, actually.

Merovign on May 30, 2008 at 5:15 AM

Maybe David Brock saved Scott a seat on the bus.

moxie_neanderthal on May 30, 2008 at 5:56 AM

Too bad, Scott: do all the Obama ass-kissing you want and spend another hour with Olberman, but Lady Arianna has decreed the blood on your hands won’t wash off so don’t look for the invite to HER drinks party in the mail.

Marcus on May 30, 2008 at 6:26 AM

Everybody has their price, even their very core principles are for sale. That’s character, what makes the man.

Frankly, I thought McClellan did an absolute lousy job as press secretary and was glad to see him go when Bush finally, yes finally, through the dreg out. He was absolutely terrible as press secretary. Probably the most forgettable of the lot.

I don’t believe a ward of what he says … Not surprised he would ass-kiss Comrade Obama, look who is paying him.

tarpon on May 30, 2008 at 6:38 AM

Anyone who thinks hussein is interesting is stupid and probably mentally unstable.

dogsoldier on May 30, 2008 at 6:48 AM

Sigh…George Bush’s Peter Pettigrew (wormtail). What a rat! (A Harry Potter reference if you are wondering.)

deedledee on May 30, 2008 at 7:21 AM

This bum belongs with Obama the rest of the leftists. McClellan is the worst kind of human vermin and is a lying, wormy little traitor that accepted the loyalty trust and kindness of his boss then stabbed him in the back. Frankly, the self-serving little ass makes me nauseous.

rplat on May 30, 2008 at 8:09 AM

Greasy little maggot. Quick. Somebody squash him.

dhimwit on May 30, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Maybe he has been swapping notes with David Brock?

Angry Dumbo on May 30, 2008 at 8:24 AM

Imagine that… a book slamming the president, then interest in the liberal candidate? Who woulda thunk it?

Rhinoboy on May 29, 2008 at 10:21 PM

Nixon lied—-Journalist died!

The profession of journalism evolved into a new level of degradation when “deep throat” began feeding two young reporters the inner workings of an administration. The feeding frenzy that followed produced a thinking that the media had as much power to manipulate the course of events as the power-brokers that were elected by hiding behind the first amendment. The “my source must not be revealed” became a valuable tool that allowed “journalist” to distort the facts to shape their own bias or agenda. Scott McClelland is just part of a long list of incarnated Jason Blairs that found a willing public, (and a disgruntled publisher) to line their pockets. Who would have thought 30 pieces of silver would have stood the test of time.

Rovin on May 30, 2008 at 8:32 AM

More from Powerline…

It depends on what the meaning of “all” is

Yesterday, I said it will be interesting to compare the degree to which the MSM reports on Scott McClellan’s new book, including its discussion of the Iraq war, with the negligible extent to which it has reported on Douglas Feith’s inside look at the same war, as well as the overall war on terrorism. The early returns are now in, and they come as no surprise.

As this report by Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post shows, McClellan’s book is a topic of intense discussion not just at the Post but at USA Today and the New York Times. The latter two organs have refused to report on Feith’s book (the Times turned down three separate stories by star reporter James Risen), and the Post has refused to review it. Yet, for reasons discussed below, there can be little question as to which book is more valuable when it comes to understanding why we went to war in Iraq and whether it made sense to do so.

Kurtz refers to McClellan’s book as an example of the “tell-all” genre. Now, it may be true that McClellan is revealing all of his current opinions about, say, the war in Iraq, along with whatever he happens to know about the decision-making relating to that war and the evidence supporting the ultimate decision. But whether this amounts to a “tell-all” depends on how much McClellan actually knows, and this is the subject of considerable doubt. Though I haven’t read his book, I do know that it is devoid of footnotes, endnotes, and supporting documentation. Nor, as John has pointed out, do McClellan’s media appearances suggest that he’s knowledgeable enough to have written a tell-all,at least on this subject.

Feith’s book stands in sharp contrast. First, unlike McClellan, Feith was at the center of the policy-making at issue. Second, his book provides detailed accounts of key meetings based on contemporaneous notes. And it includes more than 30 pages of original source material plus almost 90 pages of endnotes. Readers can thus determine for themselves whether the author is providing a reliable account or merely settling scores and/or trying to make a buck (Feith, by the way, is donating all proceeds from his book to help Iraq war veterans). Yet the MSM is breathless over McClellan’s book, while it continues studiously to ignore Feith’s.

For Kurtz and the rest of the MSM, then, the concept of “tell-all” has little to do with the amount of actual information revealed, or its quality. The key, instead, is the amount of vitriol directed at (in this case) a president the MSM dislikes.

Though newspapers were once thought to be in the information business, politics, not information, seems to be the touchstone when it comes to dealing with books by public figures. I can think of no other explanation for the disparity in the treatment of the recent works of McClellan and Feith.

Keemo on May 30, 2008 at 8:36 AM

That wormy little pariah needs to trot his worthless self as far to the left as he can go because that’s where he belongs . . . Obama would be a good choice.

rplat on May 30, 2008 at 9:12 AM

It is sickening to watch such a loser like McClellan get non-stop media attention just due to the fact that he has turned on Bush,his book and whinnying have revealed nothing of substance and he can’t back up his allegations enough to win a high school debate.

Beta boy Scott has gotten more attention in a few days than
the war we are succeeding in has in months:

As Surge Succeeds– Iraq Coverage Declines 92% In One Year

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2008/05/as-surge-succeeds-iraq-coverage.html
Democracy Project analyzes a recent report published at the American Journalism Review titled: “Whatever Happened to Iraq?”

In a media shocker…
This past year Iraq has disappeared from the front pages of the nation’s newspapers and from the nightly network newscasts.

Network news devoted to Iraq dropped from 23% to 3% (92% decline) compared to last year:

Cable news dedicated to Iraq dropped even further from 24% to 1% over last year:

Print news dedicated to Iraq dropped 70% over last year.


It would be nice to see this much attention paid to the war that has apparently now passed the liberal’s “Global Test”.

World praises progress in Iraq as Baghdad seeks debt relief
18 hours ago
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iPmfoMR0GDFx8KkGeO3BPlY4qsGg

STOCKHOLM (AFP) — World leaders, including UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on Thursday hailed Baghdad’s progress in combatting violence and stabilising Iraq.
A declaration adopted by 100 delegations at a Stockholm conference said the participants “recognised the important efforts made by the (Iraqi) government to improve security and public order and combat terrorism and sectarian violence across Iraq.”
It also acknowledged political and economic progress made, and said that “given the difficult context, these successes are all the more remarkable.”

But Harry Reid said the war was “lost”!!

Baxter Greene on May 30, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Forget about McClellan, what’s with Rupert Murdoch saying the same??

Calling Obama a Rock Star, wanting to meet him, and predicting a landslide, dissing McCain, what’s that about?

AprilOrit on May 30, 2008 at 9:27 AM

This guy was hired as a favor to his mom, to be Ari Fleischer’s gofer. The mistake was promoting him when Ari left, instead of trying to bring in another heavyweight like Tony Snow. I’ve seen so many incompetent people given political appointments like this, and promoted way beyond their ability, it makes me sick. Same thing happened with Mike Brown – he was a hack appointed to be a harmless silent second to Joe Allbaugh at FEMA, then got promoted more or less by default when Allbaugh left. The Reagan Administration also had a few cases of incompetent seconds being promoted and doing serious damage. We were very lucky to have had Marlin Fitzwater there when Jim Brady was shot.

Too many Administrations pay too little attention to personnel, and especially to the second wave of appointments after the first wave gets tired and leaves.

rockmom on May 30, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Who cares what he says? He has to back it up with evidence just like anyone else. What, we’re suddenly uncritically believing in former Bush aides? Evidence up front, Scotty.

Seixon on May 30, 2008 at 9:41 AM

labrat on May 30, 2008 at 1:53 AM

fantastic link

funky chicken on May 30, 2008 at 9:51 AM

He’s been stricken with the delusion, the Obama delusion.

abinitioadinfinitum on May 30, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Huh?
For a man that is presumably unemployed, I think 100Grand is quite a bit of money.

bridgetown on May 30, 2008 at 9:56 AM

McClennan is a perfect example of what has happened in a society where the kids who are most suited to warming the bench in Little League end up playing just as much as the kids who can actually play ball. we asked for it, we got it…

max1 on May 30, 2008 at 10:07 AM

this guy is the new John Dean (ex-Nixon confidant and current rat).
his new career will be interviews and commentary from the left.

I predict that this guy will die on self loathing.

jimmer on May 30, 2008 at 10:08 AM

But why is Murdoch putting this crap out there for the public to absorb as well.

It just doesn’t add up.

AprilOrit on May 30, 2008 at 10:14 AM

“Intriguing”

That’s the word you use to describe what’s going on in the mind of a little kid, who’s just been given a box that says, “Do Not Open”

heh,heh,heh

franksalterego on May 30, 2008 at 10:31 AM

It’s a Soros/Nation Magazine black op.

Akzed on May 30, 2008 at 11:00 AM

franksalterego, yes, that applies.

But INTRIGUE refers to conspiracy and espionage.
That defines Berry-puppet’s masters. Soros evidently wears the word as a badge of honor. MASTER OF INTRIGUE.

puke.

What is true satire is Berry’s reference of BITTER people GRASPING their guns and religion–because that definition fits his own congregation so much better than it applies to anyone else. LOL.

McClellan is his mamma’s boy. She’s one tough gramma, and one lousy mother. That family amounts to herpes now.

Bush may find his personal affinity for the Gen.6:6 reference.

maverick muse on May 30, 2008 at 11:21 AM

My take is:

1. Clearly, a book by a former Press Secretary accusing the President of the darndest things is gonna make a ton of money.

2. That’s not a sufficient reason to discard the content of the book.

freevillage on May 30, 2008 at 11:49 AM