Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Don't buy McLellan's book

By Libby

I'm just home from the surgery which turned out to be much bigger than they expected. To the extent that I understand what happened, my surgeon pulled off a minor miracle and was able to save the facial nerve, although I'm currently suffering some temporary paralysis. In any event I'm too drugged out on pain killers to really blog but I'd note that I spent my conscious portions of the last 24 hours watching CNN on a little teevee screen on a swing arm so I caught the news about Scottie McLellan's "blockbuster" revelations. I'm pretty pissed off by it, but I'm going to have to outsource my commentary to others.

Glenn Greenwald does the righteous media criticism and neccessary debunking in a two part series.

John Cole has a good round up of the reactions, framed with his usual superior snark.

Cernig expresses my disgust and gets the quote of the day on it.
At least we know that, if trials are ever opened at The Hague, it will be easy enough to get them all tattling about each other but did we really expect rats to act any differently?
Meanwhile, The White House issues its usual disclaimer.
"Scott, we now know, is disgruntled about his experience at the White House. For those of us who fully supported him, before, during and after he was press secretary, we are puzzled. It is sad -- this is not the Scott we knew."

More from Perino: "The book, as reported by the press, has been described to the president. I do not expect a comment from him on it -- he has more pressing matters than to spend time commenting on books by former staffers."
Really. If they took the time to respond to every greedy attempt to cash in on Bush bashing from former loyalists, they wouldn't have any time to invent their new propaganda for invading Iran.

In any event, McLellan is clearly telling the truth about the administration's malfeasance but his lame excuses for going along with it are a load of crap, and I don't think anyone should reward him by buying the book.

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Blogger ECOPHOTOS said...

I am constantly amazed at the resiliency of the Republican smear regime. No matter how many times you stick the pig, somehow it survives to squeal another day.

10:54:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Astounding, isn't it?

8:38:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

They couldn't succeed without the neurotic dishonesty and stupidity of the American public.

9:49:00 AM  
Blogger Tricky Dick Nixon said...

At least read this first -- then say nasty things about the author. And please, by all means, LABEL him, in the way that you do NOT like to be labeled.

9:51:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Making up another argument?

It's not labels that are the problem, but people who sort things into arbitrary categories for their own convenience, and pitch battles between the categories like some child playing with tin soldiers.

Perhaps you enjoy being a gadfly, but you have a long way to go. As yet you're still only a maggot.

11:03:00 AM  
Blogger ECOPHOTOS said...

I don't think anyone should reward him by buying the book.

But, Libby, is that a proper way to treat a convert? Its not like you have to kiss a gift horse on the mouth.

12:21:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Maybe I can just borrow it from the library?

9:30:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'm encouraging people to borrow it from the library or get together and buy a pool copy to be shared at least.

5:07:00 PM  
OpenID Kevin said...

This is a little late but here's wishing you a very speedy recovery.

4:22:00 PM  
Blogger shizzle said...

Of course he is disgruntled. He was lied to by every member of the Bush team from the bottom up and made to mimic those lies to the American public day in day out for over 5 years. I am willing to bet Scott McLellan's reason for his resignation were the very same reasons Collin Powell resigned. They were both fed bogus information and then in turn fed it to the public, Powell on the world stage, McLellan on the national scene.

I would not only buy this book but buy multiple copies to give away. If I ever see Scott I would ask him to sign everyone of these books.

Which one is a crime? Telling lies and make money or telling the truth to make money? This is why I love Scott McLellan and hate Ann Coulture.

11:51:00 AM  

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