McClellan’s book proposal featured attack on liberal media, Olbermann; Update: Donate the profits to the troops, says MoveOn

posted at 5:47 pm on June 2, 2008 by Allahpundit

Excised during the writing process, don’tcha know, undoubtedly due to some of that helpful “editorial guidance” he was receiving. Follow the link and read the whole thing now, as Scotty Mac’s set to tape the O’Reilly Factor at 6 and I’m guessing he might just be pressed about this.

[I]nstead of whacking the press for not digging deep enough into the Bush administration’s rationale for war, as he does in his memoir, the proposal dings the press for a left-wing bias. “Fairness is defined by the establishment media within the left-of-center boundaries they set,” he offers. “They defend their reporting as fair because both sides are covered. But, how fair can it be when it is within the context of the liberal slant of the reporting? And, while the reporting of the establishment media may be based on true statements and facts, is it an accurate picture of what is really happening?”…

“I will directly address myths that have been associated with [the president], some deliberately perpetuated by activist liberals and some created by the media, and look at the reality behind those myths,” he writes. His book, as published, would seem to indicate that after looking behind those myths, he apparently decided many of them were accurate.

McClellan also promises to “get into the influence of activist liberal reporters, like Keith Olbermann, Nation Editor David Corn, and Washington Post blogger Dan Froomkin, and activist liberal media personalities like Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore, Al Franken, Bill Maher and Arianna Huffington.”…

McClellan promises plenty of material on the media and even offers a chapter on NBC correspondent David Gregory. “I will take a look at notable personalities in the White House Briefing Room, including David Gregory and Helen Thomas. I anticipate an entire chapter about the former,” he promises.

TV Newser wonders where the chapter went. In fairness, there are hints that McClellan intended to attack Bush on some points from the beginning — his alleged youthful drug use, Katrina, the Plame leak, the pernicious influence of neocons — but it’s all so vague and leavened with finger-pointing at the left that I have to wonder (again) if McClellan’s just an idiot, plain and simple. He could have squeezed a seven-figure advance out of a major publishing house if he had promised a hatchet job from the beginning. Instead it sounds from this like he was planning a more evenhanded book geared towards both the left and right, and quite possibly more towards the latter. Not as lucrative as what he ended up with, but ironically that book could conceivably have become the sort of “Rosetta Stone” to the administration that Olby was drooling about the other night. A critique of Bush from the inside, by someone whom conservatives know shares their disdain for media bias, would have been compelling and not easily dismissable. Instead, by embracing the lefty narrative, we’ll wonder forever. Whatever. He’ll get his money.

Stand by for O’Reilly video in case there are any magical “we’ll do it live!” meltdown moments. Exit question, per the latest book offering from a guy who should have opened his mouth earlier if he felt so strongly about things: How much did Sanchez get for his advance?

Update: Here’s the first and likely last time you’ll ever find me agreeing with MoveOn. One way or another McClellan’s a liar, so here’s how he can make amends: Donate the profits from the book to U.S. troops. If he lied knowingly about the war as press secretary, here’s one small way he can atone. And if he’s lying now, he can salvage his credibility by not profiting from it.


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Hi.

I’m a tool.

Sincerely,

Scott McClellan

thirteen28 on June 2, 2008 at 5:53 PM

No footnotes, no documentation, no specifics.

Gee, I wonder why?

SteveMG on June 2, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Well if he disses the liberals, and he dissed the conservatives, where would he go to peddle his book? He took the road with the most outlets.

right2bright on June 2, 2008 at 6:00 PM

And yet the left wingers discount an Ann Coulter book, even though she has tons of actual facts with footnotes.

What a jerk McClellan is.

kirkill on June 2, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Somehow, poor ole’ Scott intended to write Wealth of Nations but it turned out to be Das Kapital.

What a feckless maroon.

Cicero43 on June 2, 2008 at 6:03 PM

Any word on Tony Snow’s take on all this?

Rod on June 2, 2008 at 6:11 PM

How much did Sanchez get for his advance?

maybe just received a dirty Sanchez?

Chakra Hammer on June 2, 2008 at 6:12 PM

maybe he just received a dirty Sanchez?

Chakra Hammer on June 2, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Remember the Kosinski book “Being There”? W/Chauncey Degardiner as the main character? A sort of half-retarded gardener who’s simplistic statements are interpreted as deep and profound?

McClellan’s friggin’ Chauncey DeGardiner.

Chauncey McClellan.

“Being There” indeed.

SteveMG on June 2, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Chauncey is indidnant. I love him, btw. One of my favorite movies. It made me laugh in stitches. It’s sooo subtle, and not so subtle, but perfect for our D.C. idiots, both sides.

McClellan is not a real man.

Entelechy on June 2, 2008 at 6:17 PM

Blech, indignant, of course.

Entelechy on June 2, 2008 at 6:18 PM

Scott McClellan = Dick Morris

***
Two round manbabies who bit the hand that stroked their egoes. This is not a right-left thing. It’s about loyalty, of which McClellan has none.

If here were being loyal to the truth, as he sees it, then he woud have resigned immediately. If here being loyal to his compadres, we would not be having this discussion.

The Race Card on June 2, 2008 at 6:22 PM

Great photo, AP. Great shot of Scott’s facial expression. That little piggy went weeweewee all the way home–
with his tail tucked between his porky legs.
Ebbedy Ebbedy Ebbedy Ebb, that’s all, folks!

maverick muse on June 2, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Chauncey is indidnant. I love him, btw. One of my favorite movies

I never saw the movie (Peter Sellers was a genius); but read all of Kosinki’s books (Painted Birds was astonishing).

Ironic that he (Kosinski) too was accused of both plagiarism and having had someone else write his books. Accusations that were raised by the Polish KGB in order to discredit him (he was an anti-communist).

SteveMG on June 2, 2008 at 6:23 PM

think he was framed/bribed into this book?

jp on June 2, 2008 at 6:27 PM

All I’m saying is that if O’Reilly sold “F*** it! We’ll do it live!” t-shirts, I’d buy one.

ScottMcC on June 2, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Update: Here’s the first and likely last time you’ll ever find me agreeing with MoveOn. One way or another McClellan’s a liar, so here’s how he can make amends: Donate the profits from the book to U.S. troops. If he lied knowingly about the war as press secretary, here’s one small way he can atone. And if he’s lying now, he can salvage his credibility by not profiting from it.

Well, that would be a first for MoveOn.org; them actually doing something positive for the troops. I wonder if they’re aware of that…

dmh0667 on June 2, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Update: Here’s the first and likely last time you’ll ever find me agreeing with MoveOn. One way or another McClellan’s a liar, so here’s how he can make amends: Donate the profits from the book to U.S. troops. If he lied knowingly about the war as press secretary, here’s one small way he can atone. And if he’s lying now, he can salvage his credibility by not profiting from it.

Soros is an evil man. Poor Scotty had no idea that he was going to make himself a pariah and most likely going to have to give away any cash he made at the same time.

I’ll give Soros credit though. He does know exactly how much mileage he will get out of his stooges. He supported Cindy Sheehan a long time before he cut her off. McClellan? One week.

funky chicken on June 2, 2008 at 6:33 PM

This worthless little slime bag has made himself the darling of the left. I hope he likes his position because he’ll never be able to crawl out of that sewer. He’s nothing more than a Soros stooge and a putrid pariah.

rplat on June 2, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Looks like Novak had it right

In claiming he was misled about the Plame affair, McClellan mentions Armitage only twice. Armitage being the leaker undermines the Democratic theory, now accepted by McClellan, that Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and political adviser Karl Rove aimed to delegitimize Wilson as a war critic. McClellan’s handling of the leak by itself leads former colleagues to suggest he could not have written this book by himself.

On page 173, McClellan first mentions my Plame leak, but he does not identify Armitage as the leaker until page 306 of the 323-page book — then only in passing. Armitage, anti-war and anti-Cheney, cannot fit the conspiracy theory that McClellan now buys into. When Armitage after two years publicly admitted he was my source, the life went out of Wilson’s campaign. In “What Happened,” McClellan dwells on Rove’s alleged deceptions as if the real leaker were still unknown.

Topsecretk9 on June 2, 2008 at 6:47 PM

I’m just waiting for 15 minutes of fame to actually END AFTER 15 FRIGGIN’ MINUTES for cryin’ out loud…

singlemalt_18 on June 2, 2008 at 6:51 PM

Doug Feith, a true patriot, agreed to donate the profits of his new book, War and Decision, which unlike McClellan’s book is well worth reading, to military veterans and their families before it was published.

Move-on’s right — Scottie should do the same. What do you want to bet he doesn’t?

BillyRuffn on June 2, 2008 at 7:22 PM

As the father of an active duty military man I respectfully ask that the profits from the book NOT be contributed to the troops. It is soild and vile money and should be used by McClellan to wipe his own arse.

JonRoss on June 2, 2008 at 7:27 PM

I have to wonder (again) if McClellan’s just an idiot, plain and simple.

I stopped wondering after his first week on the job. The guy was such complete moron, so over his head, it was embarrassing and painful to watch.

TheBigOldDog on June 2, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Here’s the first and likely last time you’ll ever find me agreeing with MoveOn. One way or another McClellan’s a liar, so here’s how he can make amends: Donate the profits from the book to U.S. troops. If he lied knowingly about the war as press secretary, here’s one small way he can atone. And if he’s lying now, he can salvage his credibility by not profiting from it.

That would require that moveon actually know what U.S. troops look like. On the other hand they probably meant to say troupes because Susan Sarandon is going to need the extra cash when she moves in November.

jdkchem on June 2, 2008 at 7:53 PM

Having just watched McClellan on O’Reilly, I must admit that I thought he held his own for most of the interview although he (McClellan) had absolutely nothing more to add than what we’ve read (re Plame, Niger, et cetera).

I did find it curious, though, that when pressed by O’Reilly about appearing on the Bush-hating programs (Olbermann) and how they are using the book to promote their Bush hatred that McClellan said he couldn’t do anything about that. That’s odd coming from someone who says the goal of the book is to help dampen down the rancor and partisanship in the country.

It seems to me that someone who wishes to restore some type of comity in political discourse would be at least chagrined over the fact that the book is being used to contribute to the vitriole and not diminishing it.

SteveMG on June 2, 2008 at 8:41 PM

Face it Scottie, you’re nothing but a useful idiot. No matter how many shows you make to express YOUR FACT-LESS OPINE, Your legacy will be that of a…traitor!

byteshredder on June 2, 2008 at 9:27 PM

I suggest that all of Scott’s proceeds go directly to the UN or one of Jimmy Carter’s causes. Thanks, Scott.

Travis1 on June 2, 2008 at 10:04 PM

I suggest that all of Scott’s proceeds go directly to the UN or one of Jimmy Carter’s causes. Thanks, Scott.

Travis1 on June 2, 2008 at 10:04 PM

Say what???

AprilOrit on June 3, 2008 at 10:58 AM