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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Headline Says One Thing, Story Says Something Else

The headlines don't always tell the same story that the body of the story tells. Look at this headline, and then read the part of the story that is in bold. Need I say more?? - Cyber Pastor

McClellan says Bush, Cheney, Rove 'involved' in CIA leak cover-up

Jim Brown November 27, 2007
November 27, 2007

For more than seven years, Scott McClellan served the Bush White House in various press-related roles. He served as White House press secretary from July 2003 to April 2006. He now asserts that because of misinformation given to him by President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and two other top White House officials, he "had unknowingly passed along false information" to the public about the CIA leak case. The revelation comes from excerpts of McClellan's forthcoming book WHAT HAPPENED: Inside the Bush White House and What's Wrong With Washington (Public Affairs Books).

McClellan writes in reference to an October 2003 press briefing: "I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. There was one problem. It was not true."

Mike Allen is the chief political correspondent for Politico.com and a former White House correspondent for TIME Magazine. He says McClellan feels his colleagues let him down.

"I think he points a finger very directly at Karl Rove and the vice president's former chief of staff, Scooter Libby, because it's been well known that Scott felt that he had been misled by them, and that as a result he went out to the podium and gave inaccurate information," says Allen. "Now Scott is standing by a statement he made [earlier] where he said the president didn't know about what went on, so I think this is something more general. But it certainly is quite a headline when you're trying to sell a book."

Allen shares that when he spoke to McClellan about the book a few months ago, the former White House spokesman still had a lot of affection for President Bush. The Politico.com correspondent believes McClellan is not "turning on" his former colleagues, but expressing his belief that they let him down. McClellan's book is set to be released April 21.