May 31, 2008

The media furor over McClellan's book leads to whoppers

As anyone who even remotely checks the news knows by now, former White House mouthpiece Scott McClellan has a "tell all" book out that isn't very flattering to the administration. As the numerous stories about it proliferate, the boners being offered up have as well. Check out this AP article first:

Still, Fleischer said it would have been more "honorable" if McClellan had stepped down, for instance, after the incident involving the leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to the news media. McClellan was ordered to say that White House aides Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby were not involved in leaking Plame's identity. Later, a criminal investigation revealed that they were.

Actually, it was Richard Armitage that leaked Valerie Plame's identity, not Rove or even Libby -- the only person convicted of a crime in the whole Plame-leak investigation. (Libby got caught lying about his role in the matter.)

Then there was this at CNN.com:

In the book, McClellan said he was specifically lied to about White House staff members' involvement in the leaking of Plame Wilson's identity, including former Bush adviser Karl Rove and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff.

Libby was convicted of lying to investigators and a grand jury about his involvement in the CIA leak case. Bush commuted his sentence.

McClellan also wrote that Bush told him that he had authorized the leaking of Plame Wilson's identity to the press.

This is patently false. McClellan himself says so -- that

"... I had allowed myself to be deceived into unknowingly passing along a falsehood,"(regarding Rove and Libby discussing Plame) McClellan writes. "It would ultimately prove fatal to my ability to serve the president effectively. I didn't learn that what I'd said was untrue until the media began to figure it out almost two years later.

"Neither, I believe, did President Bush. He, too, had been deceived and therefore became unwittingly involved in deceiving me."

CNN obviously is still going by this past November's hype about McClellan's book and the excerpts that seemed to indicate Bush authorized the leak of Plame's name.

What McClellan did write is that the president had authorized the declassification of the 2002 NIE, not Plame's identity. But moonbattery is so intense regarding this matter that sites like the Huffington Post put up phony headlines like "McClellan's Biggest Revelation? Bush Personally Authorized Leak Of CIA Agent's Identity." But nothing in their subsequent article says anything about it, just the info about the NIE.

The info in McClellan's memoir is damaging enough to the administration. So why can't the MSM get even the most basic facts correct?

Posted by Hube at May 31, 2008 09:31 AM | TrackBack

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