NewsBusters is brilliant when it comes to things like the recent book by Scott McClellan, the hapless former spokesman for President Bush. They’ve dug up a similar book by one of Clinton’s staffers, and the media coverage that resulted.
In a nonstop round of interviews, George has been hit with scathing criticism. On NBC, Katie Couric asked him how it felt to be called a “turncoat” whose take on the President was “kind of creepy.” Over at CBS, Mark McEwen said the author was being called a “backstabber” and an “ingrate.” On CNN former Clinton adviser Mandy Grunwald noted that if the President hadn’t given George the “opportunity of a lifetime,” George might still be a Capitol Hill aide, not a “multimillion-dollar book writer and commentator” (inside the White House make that “commentraitor”). And James Carville says Washington has become The Truman Show, broadcasting Clinton’s private life in something approaching real time.
Yet, here might be the best part:
Even George, at one time, wouldn’t have approved of George. Commenting on Dick Morris’ memoirs, George said, “You have a responsibility not to embarrass the President. It hurts the country. It’s just stupidity and weakness.” That sentiment may have held Stephanopoulos back. He may have been disloyal enough to take nearly $3 million to write the book, but something kept him from stripping Clinton bare.
Hmmm. You mean sometimes people do things for money? Noooooo.
Stupid question of the day alert: Why isn’t this greedy motivation ever raised when a former member of a Republican administration gets rich off such a tell-all?