We are continuing to work today on the revelations and accusations made by former Bush spokesman Scott McClellan in his new book. The story broke late yesterday, and last night we only had a few excerpts to discuss. Tonight we will go into much more depth, and we'll talk to people who served as White House Press Secretary and the people who question them – White House reporters.
It's interesting to see the public relations machinery already at work on this story. The White House and its surrogates are out in force now to discredit McClellan. They've said he wasn't a key player, he wasn't in important meetings, he's disgruntled, he wasn't qualified for the job, he's trying to sell books, his editor re-wrote parts of the book.
I don't know what's true and what's not in their allegations, or his for that matter, but he was the President's spokesman for nearly three years, and what he is saying can't simply be discounted. So we will check the facts tonight, and go indepth on what McClellan is saying.
I've also gotten some e-mails today about an article on the website of a local television station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The article is about Louisiana's governor Bobby Jindal. In the article they state that I have endorsed Jindal as the best choice to be John McCain's Vice President. I have no idea where the reporter got this information, but I haven't endorsed him, or anyone else.
I don't endorse candidates. Never have. Never will. That's not my job. I called up the station and asked them to remove the incorrect sentence from their website, but just in case anyone thinks I've suddenly decided to start taking sides in political races, I haven't. I leave that to folks on other networks.
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