May 28 2008
What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture by the third press secretary for George W. Bush will be released on June 2, 2008, but copies are popping up in stores. Politico bought a copy from a Washington bookstore and provided a review of it. Scott McClellan talks in his book about the pervasive lies that the administration told to the American people about the Iraq war and the propaganda machine the White House used to perpetuate those lies.
"I still like and admire President Bush," McClellan writes. "But he and his advisers confused the propaganda campaign with the high level of candor and honesty so fundamentally needed to build and then sustain public support during a time of war. – In this regard, he was terribly ill-served by his top advisers, especially those involved directly in national security."
He goes on to write about how the supposed left wing media failed to do its job in reporting.
"The collapse of the administration’s rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should never have come as such a surprise. – In this case, the "liberal media’ didn’t live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served."
I think its gross that McClellan will earn money off of this book when he was complicit in retelling these lies but it is a story that we probably need to read. I’ll check my copy out from the library.