Ex-white House Spokesman Says Media Fell For Propaganda
In a new book to be released Sunday, former White House spokesman Scott McClellan excoriates his former administration bosses for their handling of the war in Iraq and the Katrina disaster and accuses the "liberal media" of falling for the "propaganda" that he dispensed at the behest of the president and others. In the book, What Happened, McClellan accuses the news media of becoming "complicit enablers" of the White House's efforts to manipulate public opinion during the prelude to the invasion. "The 'liberal media' didn't live up to its reputation," he writes. "If it had, the country would have been better served." Excerpts from the book were published by the Washington D.C.website Politico.com. It said that some reporters had been offered copies of the book on condition that their reviews not appear before the official date of publication on Sunday. "Politico declined and purchased What Happened at a Washington bookstore" that had put it on sale early, it said.