Scott McClellan on the Daily Show

Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, June 4th, 2008 - 4 comments
Categories: International, spin, us politics - Tags: ,

Last night on the Daily Show Jon Stewart interviewed Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary who has come out and accused the Bush administration of a “culture of deception” and of maintaining a “permanent campaign approach” to governing rather than making the best choices.

It’s a good interview that provides an interesting insight into the deception that the political ‘game’ is based on, and it’s just as relevant here in New Zealand as it is in the US.

Clips are over the break as the Daily Show’s video format plays havoc with IE6.

Part 1:

And Part 2:

4 comments on “Scott McClellan on the Daily Show”

  1. shorty 1

    OK, and I agree that Bush is a cretin. But I cannot help but wonder why he didn’t come out and say something public when he was part of the whitehouse mafia (for want of a better word)

    To play along with this “culture of deception” and then come out against it when the paycheques have stopped makes him a bigger POS than Bush IMO

  2. shortly: The explanation that might sway me would be for him to say he wanted to make his case and highlight the problem of a lack of candor late in the electoral cycle in the hope it would become a election issue.

    McClellan is a media specialist. He would have a reason for his timing….assuming he had an control over his timing. Sometimes the publisher makes that call….We don’t know how long this book may have been in the “queue” for release.

  3. Pascal's bookie 3

    And sometimes when you are in a bubble, getting attacked from all sides, you lack perspsective. Upon leaving the bubble you might (in hindsight) change your opinion about what was going on.

    But I’ve got little respect for him. There were plenty of things he said from that platform that he knew at the time were misleading. He avoided far too many questions for far too long for this little selective mea culpa to carry much water IMO.

  4. Pascal's bookie 4

    Here’s
    some old news, now confirmed.

    What do you know? The admin knew the intelligence was dodgy and lied about it to their countrymen and allies.

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