Audio: McClellan backpedals furiously from accusation that O’Reilly took White House talking points

posted at 2:50 pm on July 29, 2008 by Allahpundit

You have to hear it to believe it. The damage has already been done thanks to his interview with Chris Matthews, but listening to this I’m reminded again of McClellan’s preternatural ability to sound weaselly even when, in all likelihood, he’s telling the truth. Just the quality you’d want in a White House press secretary, I think we’d all agree. It’s nine minutes long but they fly by, especially after the voices start to rise. Click the image to listen.

Update: Will Olbermann retract?


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McClellan is a slimy weasel. Whatever he says, he should be ignored.

Cicero43 on July 29, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Dana Perino: Bigger’ns than Scott McClellan.

Akzed on July 29, 2008 at 2:58 PM

He sounds like the Richard Kine-voiced grasshopper in “A Bug’s Life.”

“THEY USED FANCY WORDS! I GOT CONFUSED!”

Slublog on July 29, 2008 at 2:59 PM

McClellan is a groveling worm.

Maxx on July 29, 2008 at 2:59 PM

F***ing thing sucks!

McClellan is pure trash.

Complete7 on July 29, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Weasel. Must be kin to weasel General George B. McClellan.

carbon_footprint on July 29, 2008 at 3:01 PM

Fecking W….E…..A…….S…….E…….L!

Dale in Atlanta on July 29, 2008 at 3:02 PM

Listening to it on the radio today, it sounded as if Scott lacks the preciseness needed in the role of a public communicator, if every word you say is going to be the subject of heavy scrutiny. There’s a difference between being sympathetic to someone’s policy and getting talking points (i.e., I doubt many in the media have actually gotten talking points from Barack Obama, but they’re so sympathetic to what he stands for, those points for the most part are never necessary). So the fact that the Bush Administration would see Fox as a friendlier outlet than, say, prime-time on MSNBC is no big surprise.

Or McClellan could just be like mom was as state comptroller here in Texas, and was just shooting off his mouth and taking action without ever thinking about the consequences (though to be fair, mom’s 10 times more bull-headed than Scott could ever think to be).

jon1979 on July 29, 2008 at 3:02 PM

What has happened to our society that people are no longer embarassed to put their utter stupidity on public display? I just don’t get it.

progressoverpeace on July 29, 2008 at 3:04 PM

McClellan still insisted that SOMEBODY at Fox News received talking points. And that’s what I don’t understand. Why would ANY white House–regardless of whether the president is a Republican or a Democrat–want to essentially outsource talking points? I mean, why wouldn’t they want that all taken care of in-house where dispensing of information can be better controlled?

radjah shelduck on July 29, 2008 at 3:05 PM

carbon_footprint on July 29, 2008 at 3:01 PM

Paraphasing Honest Abe: Maybe if Jesse Jackson has his way with B. Hussein O., he could say, “If Scott McClellan does not want to use his nuts, I would like to borrow them for a time.”

Akzed on July 29, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Milk Dud McClellan.

He’s like a female Rosie O’Donnell.

Hening on July 29, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Seems like an honest mistake of Scott’s part. As AP notes, however, someone who makes those kind of mistakes should never have been the voive of an administration.

McClellan still insisted that SOMEBODY at Fox News received talking points. And that’s what I don’t understand. Why would ANY white House–regardless of whether the president is a Republican or a Democrat–want to essentially outsource talking points?

Uh, WH’s often send talking points to surrogates to get in front of a camera and repeat them. It is SOP.

VolMagic on July 29, 2008 at 3:14 PM

It does go quickly.

What an idiot is McClellan.

drjohn on July 29, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Do you suppose Sissy will have a correction?

drjohn on July 29, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Akzed on July 29, 2008 at 3:09 PM

lol

carbon_footprint on July 29, 2008 at 3:16 PM

What a despicable dirt bag he is!

Hilts on July 29, 2008 at 3:16 PM

If it wasn’t Bill then who was it? Do we go down the list – as McClellan goes on Hannity to respond specifically to Sean? Someone should call McClellan on this and get specifics rather than general unfounded and unconfirmable accusations.

jerseyman on July 29, 2008 at 3:17 PM

What a weasel. What does it say about Bush that he stuck with and promoted this guy.

TheBigOldDog on July 29, 2008 at 3:19 PM

What has happened to our society that people are no longer embarassed to put their utter stupidity on public display? I just don’t get it.

progressoverpeace on July 29, 2008 at 3:04 PM

That is an astute observation. The Liberals killed shame and so we are seeing the fruits of shameless generations.

TheBigOldDog on July 29, 2008 at 3:21 PM

Worst Press Secretary EVER!!!

McClellan should have known that the press will lie, cheat, and create stories out of thin air to bring down a Republican President, and a Press Secretary must have facts at his disposal to rebut scurrilous charges. Instead, he uhhhed and duhhhed his way through a year and a half while President Bush’s popularity plummeted, then suddenly seems to find his words when he wants to sell books.

Unless he planned it that way all along. Make believe he supported Bush, get the Press Secretary job, play dumb while learning inside information, then make money twisting the knife into his old boss cozying up to the President’s enemies.

Where was Karl Rove when they vetted this traitor?

Tony Snow, God bless his soul, should have replaced Ari Fleischer, and Bush would still be at 60% job approval.

Steve Z on July 29, 2008 at 3:21 PM

God Rest Tony Snow………..

Seven Percent Solution on July 29, 2008 at 3:22 PM

McClellan sounded like such a sleaze bag when he chuckling while defending himself against O’Reilly.

What a douche.

Lance Murdock on July 29, 2008 at 3:22 PM

History books in the future………..

Scott McClellan = A** Clown!

Seven Percent Solution on July 29, 2008 at 3:24 PM

First Scott McClellan, the elven former White House press secretary

I like that.

emailnuevo on July 29, 2008 at 3:25 PM

What a dim-witted loser this guy is.

AZCoyote on July 29, 2008 at 3:26 PM

I couldn’t stand more that 2 minutes, not because of McClellan, but Typical Bill-Oh: Me, me, me, mine, mine, mine, I, I, I.

Marcus on July 29, 2008 at 3:27 PM

dance McClellan dance you slimy little weasel

Mojack420 on July 29, 2008 at 3:28 PM

I have to speak up here on behalf of weasels.
Comparing Little Mac (who is more like a chupacabra) to the noble weasel is a disservice.

Mike D. on July 29, 2008 at 3:28 PM

What do you mean by “talking points”?

Somebody at the white house press office sent out a press release, and the press repeated it? You meant they don’t normally?

Or do you mean someone advanced that side of the argument in a debate with someone opposed? And this is a crime?

rockhauler on July 29, 2008 at 3:29 PM

He was still better than Bug Eyes Joe Lockhart.

benrand on July 29, 2008 at 3:31 PM

He sounds like Porky Pig. What a dope.

Thats all folks!

iam7545 on July 29, 2008 at 3:32 PM

I hear crickets! No one outside the beltway cares. Furthermore, I’d guess that fewer than .66% of Americans have any idea who this guy is or could name him if you showed them his mug shot! Hummm Scott McClellan??? Didn’t he kill his pregnant wife or something???

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on July 29, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Bush should have never hired this guy in the first place.

SoulGlo on July 29, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Every left-leaning site out there has McClellan confirms WH talking points O’Reilly/Hannity, yada, yada, and Scotty wants to pretend he wasn’t confirming that to Matthews? I wonder what Matthews thinks now? On second thought, oh, goody! Now we have Matthews and the left p*ssed at Scotty again.

Sue on July 29, 2008 at 3:37 PM

If I were in the pontification business, I would want the talking points of both parties delivered to me just so I would be informed.

The one good thing about McClellan is that he’ll never have the legs of a John Dean.

thegreatbeast on July 29, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Seems like an honest mistake of Scott’s part.

Agreed. When people are talking over one another, it’s easy to say “Yes” to the last thing you processed rather than the last thing that was said. Of course, talking over people is O’Reilly’s specialty; to me, he comes out worse than McClellan in the few minutes I could stomach listening to.

calbear on July 29, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Kinda reminds me of an unpopular kid at school always saying “Hey, look at me! LOOK AT ME!!!”

Scott, you will never be cool……….. Keep opening your mouth, your fate is your own.

Seven Percent Solution on July 29, 2008 at 3:45 PM

“The truth is I messed up.”

I can buy that but what I can’t buy is his being forced to admit it. He should have immediately and on his own told the truth to straighten out the mess he caused.

TooTall on July 29, 2008 at 3:45 PM

The Liberals killed shame and so we are seeing the fruits of shameless generations.

TheBigOldDog on July 29, 2008 at 3:21 PM

Yep. It’s extra-funny how, in this day when every word is recorded and available for playback and rebuttal, the Left cares even less about what they say and feel freer to contradict themselves, publicly, than they did back when most public words would just disappear into the aether. It is the twilight zone these days and, I would say, one of the most disturbing social trends imaginable. BHO’s laughable candidacy of contradiction and stupidity is only the start.

progressoverpeace on July 29, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Aarrggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!

McClellan just go away!

Chakra Hammer on July 29, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Have to admit I watch Bill almost every evening but often just to see how brutish he can be tonight. I agree with him in principle but not with his methods or delivery. He is a bully to many guests and overtalks more than anyone I can think of. Agree with him or he will turn off your mike and outshout you. His “You are a professional and I am a professional” line brought a huge chuckle to me. Ole Scott is indeed a weasel and always was (why was this Obama stutterer PS?) yet Bill often reverts back to his tabloid TV manner. I understand his outrage, ratings and public perception do matter, but really, it’s the pot calling the kettle so to speak.

dustoffmom on July 29, 2008 at 3:57 PM

If Olbermann doesn’t issue a correction on this and apologize to O’Reilly, I’ll really start to question his objectivity and fairness.

Rimshot.

Yeah, I got a million of ‘em.

SteveMG on July 29, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Enough of McClellan. The wormy little puke needs to shut up and crawl back under the rock from which he was hatched.

rplat on July 29, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Retarded.

Griz on July 29, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Who was the witch yesterday, Rachel Somebody, shreiking that this was a CRIME! A CRIME!!!

Take a Midol!

Akzed on July 29, 2008 at 4:07 PM

Wow, I though Bill was going to go off on another “Inside Edition”-like meltdown … although McClellan was truly deserving of every bit of bile thrown his way.

Some people deserve to get beat up by the bully.

thirteen28 on July 29, 2008 at 4:10 PM

What a boob, and by boob I mean Mr. Tit for Tat.

Scott: Now you owe me an apology for accusing me . . . blah blah blah

geckomon on July 29, 2008 at 4:24 PM

Just goes to show how much money someone can make if you just tell the leftards what they want to hear vs. the truth.

Topsecretk9 on July 29, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Hmmm, a former press secretary so easily pwned by reporters does not make him look very competent in retrospect.

Dusty on July 29, 2008 at 4:30 PM

Hmmm, a former press secretary so easily pwned by reporters does not make him look very competent in retrospect.

Er, retrospect?

You did see his performances at the WH press briefings?

Absymal.

SteveMG on July 29, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Someone needs to learn the first rule of holes.

jukin on July 29, 2008 at 4:38 PM

carbon_footprint on July 29, 2008 at 3:01 PM

You don’t have to go back that far to find a weasel. Look at his Daddy:

Disallowed from practicing law, McClellan published Blood, Money & Power: How LBJ Killed JFK*[3], in 2003 which became a best-seller in November of that year. In the book McClellan presents a theory that Lyndon B. Johnson and Edward Clark were involved in the planning and cover-up of the Kennedy assassination. McClellan also named Malcolm Wallace as one of the assassins.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barr_McClellan

stoo on July 29, 2008 at 4:59 PM

[SteveMG on July 29, 2008 at 4:35 PM]

I didn’t watch much but I didn’t think much of what I did see of him. Still he’s selling himself as someone worth listening to solely because of his past experiences and he’s not doing a very good job of communicating even now that he is out of that inherently confining job. That’s kind of what I meant.

Dusty on July 29, 2008 at 5:02 PM

He should be made to wear the weasel suit, just like Bobby the Brain Heenan did, or there’s going to be fines and suspensions.
Certainly the definition of certainly, certainly needs to be taken under certain scrutiny until the certain definition of certainly that was implied is certain.

oakpack on July 29, 2008 at 5:03 PM

I think it’s true that O’Reilly is just too insane to trust him to articulate talking points. Still I used to watch FoxNews for a couple of years but eventually decided that a direct press-conference from the White House on C-SPAN will do just fine with the added benefit of no commercials. With O’Reilly in particular, there’s simply nothing new anymore. I already know that Christmas is in danger, and that HuffingtonPost is basically Al Quaeda.

TV sucks ass in general. MSNBC had the best evening line up when they had Joe and Tucker in their prime time. Lately, they became the FoxNews of the left. I guess, we still have blogs.

freevillage on July 29, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Still he’s selling himself as someone worth listening to solely because of his past experiences and he’s not doing a very good job of communicating even now that he is out of that inherently confining job.

Good point. I misread it the first time.

His cache is that he was an insider with access to the inner sanctum of the WH and yet he appears to be completely over his head in the public.

I.e., why would anyone trust him as an authoritative person either inside the WH or now outside it.

SteveMG on July 29, 2008 at 5:16 PM

It is really sad when an individual allows himself to be manipulated. This started out as sour grapes and has snowballed on him and he is clearly in over his head when dealing with the sniveling weenies like Matthews. If I weren’t so disgusted by him I would feel sorry for him.

bopbottle on July 29, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Scottie, get a job!!!

gary on July 29, 2008 at 6:09 PM

I thought he already got his 15 minutes.

GarandFan on July 29, 2008 at 6:20 PM

This is why the 15 minutes isn’t alway good…

right2bright on July 29, 2008 at 6:50 PM

TheBigOldDog on July 29, 2008 at 3:19 PM

Bush has proven time and again that he’s a terrible judge of character and gives trust where it hasn’t been earned.

peacenprosperity on July 29, 2008 at 8:14 PM

I listened to beta boy stutter and stumble around retracting his bullsh!t with O’Reilly today.

I have supported Bush through thick and thin these 8 years
but how this guy got anywhere close to the White House
is a testament in stupidity on Bush’s part.

Brown and Brenner probably did the most damage and Bush was loyal to a fault with these idiots.

Scott’s estrogen laced whiny voice and lack of any back bone what-so-ever while press secretary was bad enough.

His book,his butt-kissing to the left,and his picking up where Cindy Sheehan,Joe Wilson,and Richard Clark left off as
tools to the left have hurt him so bad that I can’t see the
local Piggly Wiggly hiring this guy to sweep floors.

If this is the best that Olberman and Matthews can come up with to feed their sheep their daily dose of BDS,then they are in worse trouble than their 9% Congress.

Baxter Greene on July 29, 2008 at 8:59 PM

“Miserable Creature”
–Bob Dole

baldilocks on July 29, 2008 at 9:06 PM

Nerf Hearder.

- The Cat

MirCat on July 29, 2008 at 9:49 PM

As big of a “weasel loser” McClellan for sure is, he is not in the same category with Olbermann.

Keith Olbermann is pure 100% pussified white trash scum; bottom of the barrel weasel loser; a total embarrassment to the entire “male” race. No doubt in my mind, Olbermann sleeps while hugging his stuffed animals and dreams of being a tough guy & winning the respect of manly men. Look up “sissy” in the dictionary, and you will find a picture of Olbermann.

What is the difference between a “male Liberal” and a “male Democrat”?

Answer: A Liberal man is an angry sissy; a Democrat man is simply angry.

Keemo on July 29, 2008 at 10:40 PM

McClellan backpedals Sucks up furiously.

Texyank on July 29, 2008 at 11:02 PM

I think O’Reilly is a jackass most of the time, but its f*n hillarious to hear him beat down McClellan instead of someone thats trying to agree with him.

lgodfrey88 on July 29, 2008 at 11:04 PM

Dear Scott:

I’m sorry you peed your 15 minutes down your leg but no do-overs.

Merovign on July 30, 2008 at 12:02 AM

I didn’t hear any retraction on “Hardboiled”.

Only the statement he supplied “FAUX News” generally and not necessarily O’Leilly directly.

J_Gocht on July 30, 2008 at 8:40 AM

Only the statement he supplied “FAUX News” generally and not necessarily O’Leilly directly.

He didn’t say FNC “generally”. And he didn’t say “not necessarily O’Leilly.”

He specifically said the commentators and he clearly distinguished between the reporters and the commentators or pundits.

And he specifically apologized on O’Reilly’s show for including O’Reilly among those commentators who he claims received talking points/information from the White House.

Anyway, who thinks that most journalists – pundits and hard news people – aren’t sent all kinds of information/press releases from the White House and Congress and the parties (DNC/RNC) and the Cato Institute and Greenpeace and every group with a fax machine or e-mail address?

Is this a revelation?

The question isn’t whether they’re sent the stuff; the question is what do they do with the material once they get it.

SteveMG on July 30, 2008 at 9:24 AM

That certainly proves one thing. You only hear what you want to hear.

How does it go again… what the word “is” is?

J_Gocht on July 30, 2008 at 9:30 AM

That certainly proves one thing. You only hear what you want to hear.

Sorry, but where on “Hardball” (with Matthews) did he say, as you said you heard, Fox News “generally”?

He specifically delineated between the news reporters and the commentators or pundits.

There’s no semantic confusion for me.

Hey, Fox news does, to me, have a conservative “bias” or viewpoint dominance (whatever one wants to call it) with their commentators. No doubt about it.

SteveMG on July 30, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Hey, Fox news does, to me, have a conservative “bias” or viewpoint dominance (whatever one wants to call it) with their commentators. No doubt about it.

SteveMG on July 30, 2008 at 9:54 AM

They all do, nothing new here. I never cared for Scott McClellan, Bill was right on this one.

McClellan 0 O’Reilly 10

AprilOrit on July 30, 2008 at 12:49 PM

That certainly proves one thing. You only hear what you want to hear.

How does it go again… what the word “is” is?

J_Gocht on July 30, 2008 at 9:30 AM

The same applies to “see” also. Many only see what they want to see.

AprilOrit on July 30, 2008 at 12:50 PM

I.M. Weasel got caught running his mouth, Billy O. took it to him, and then he backpedaled like a punk. No dispute, there.

Virus-X on July 30, 2008 at 12:56 PM

I.M. Weasel got caught running his mouth, Billy O. took it to him, and then he backpedaled like a punk. No dispute, there.

Virus-X on July 30, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Scott McClellan is toxic, he should not be given any kind of platform anywhere ever again.

I’m curious to see what Chris Matthews has to say for himself.

AprilOrit on July 30, 2008 at 1:16 PM

My Mom’s friend calls Chris Matthews Lickety Spittle because of the spit factor and the way he comes on the the ladies. LOL

Matthews is so creepy looking, he creeps me out.

AprilOrit on July 30, 2008 at 1:19 PM