In a shocking turnabout, the press secretary most known for defending President Bush on Iraq, Katrina and a host of other controversial issues produced a memoir damning of his old boss on nearly every level ” from too much secrecy to a less-than-honest selling of the war to a lack of personal candor and an unwillingness to admit mistakes.
In the first major insider account of the Bush White House, onetime spokesman Scott McClellan calls the operation “insular, secretive and combative” and says it veered irretrievably off-course as a result.
The White House responded angrily Wednesday to McClellan’s confessional memoir, calling it self-serving sour grapes.
Wait, McCLellan’s saying governments manipulate information and lie to the press? Hang on while we pick ourselves off the floor….
And Canada’s not much better, by the way, at least according to Donald Savoie, author of the recent Court Government and the Collapse of Accountability (U of T Press). Savoie is interviewed in the Toronto Star for its continuing series on the secrecy and obsession with message control of the Harper government.