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Friday, July 15, 2005

Rove Scandal: Scott McClellan Mocked

Posted by Bob Brigham

Scott McClellan as Ron Ziegler

Scott McClellan lied about Karl Rove. He went out to the podium and opened his "voice of the Bush White House" mouth -- and lied to the press corps. He lied to the American people. I understand why he's scared, the entire press thinks he's full of it. McClellan looked them in the eyes and lied.

McClellan's time as Bush's Press Secretary is coming to an end, because there is nothing he can do to regain credibility. He lied to the press, trying to cover-up a gross abuse of power. One word that is really driving the press backlash is the word, 'ridiculous' -- which McClellan used to attack journalists for even asking if Rove might have had a role in the scandal.

From the New York Times:

After saying in 2003 that it was "ridiculous" to suggest that Mr. Rove had any role in the disclosure of Ms. Wilson's name, Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary, has refused in recent days to discuss any specifics of the case. But he has suggested that President Bush continues to support Mr. Rove. [...]

The Rove-Novak exchange also leaves Mr. McClellan, the White House spokesman, in an increasingly awkward situation. Two years ago he repeatedly assured reporters that neither Mr. Rove nor several other administration officials were responsible for the leak.

The press aren't the only ones mocking McClellan, check out this release from the DNC:

McClellan Recuperating From Shark Attack?

Washington - After a week of refusing to answer numerous legitimate questions about White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove’s involvement in the potentially illegal outing of a CIA agent, and jokingly comparing those briefings to a shark attack, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan has not held a public briefing in two days.

“After three days swimming in the shark-infested waters of the White House briefing room earlier this week, it looks like McClellan is ‘once bitten, twice shy,’” said Democratic National Committee spokesperson Josh Earnest. “Given his attempts to keep his head above water this week, it’s no surprise he’s unwilling to take a proverbial dip in the White House traveling press ‘pool.’”

The last time the White House went two weekdays in a row without a gaggle or briefing was more than 3 months ago - while President Bush was in Rome attending the Pope's funeral.

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