Skip to comments.Soros Publisher 'Shaped' McClellan's Hit Job: Other publishers don't recognize it as the same book
Posted on 05/31/2008 3:27:15 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
An examination of published reports reveals that Scott McClellan's kiss-and-smell betrayal of George W. Bush is a far cry from the book McClellan started out to write and was shaped into an offensive tome by a publisher with close ties to George Soros.
To understand how McClellan's literary knife-in-the-back evolved, one has to know something about the book industry.
Unlike fiction, a non-fiction book usually hasn't been written before it's sold to a publisher. The author normally puts together an outline and/or synopsis detailing what the book will be about and how it will be structured, and writes 1-3 sample chapters to show the author's writing ability. The author's agent then shops the proposal around to prospective publishing houses.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
Scott McClellan stars in Ghost Writer
With Scott McClellan's new book, left-wingers are now absolutely sure Obama will trounce Bush this November! No third term! The little darlings haven't figured out yet that Bush isn't on the ballot this time, so they're frantically putting out movies like "Recount," "Redacted," "Rendition," "Stop-loss," and publishing fiction like McClellan's book, which all liberals with advance copies are excitedly having someone literate read to them, cover-to-cover. Even stupid Scott McClellan is learning what is in it.
In media interviews, McClellan is even considering voting for Obama, so determined is he never ever to vote for George Bush again.
While libbies are wildly excited about the book, the one bummer for them is that McClellan refuses to reveal the truth about . . . WTC Building 7! Bushitler and Cheney and Rove imploded it around 5 o'clock or something like that on 9/11 to hide Enron, man. Rosie O'Donnell says it's totally on the Internet!
But as news of fantasist McClellan's book hit the airwaves, the White House hit back hard, with the press secretary wondering why it took McClellan so long to realize how hideously evil George Bush is: "Why, all of a sudden, if he had all those grave concerns, did he not raise these sooner? This is one-and-a-half years since he left the administration. And now, all of a sudden, he's raising these grave concerns that he claims he had." Oops, that was Scott McClellan speaking, back in '04, blasting Richard Clarke for cashing in on his White House gig with a book deal.
McClellan, who served Bush for nearly three years before getting fired for incompetence, admits he doesn't believe "the White House deliberately or consciously sought to deceive the American people." Then he says the White House consciously "shaded the truth" and created a "propaganda machine" which consciously used "out and out deception" to sell the need to go to war in Iraq. You really needed deception to persuade Americans that Saddam was a problem. (But, to be fair, 'shading the truth' and "out and out deception" are sometimes necessary, such as when selling a book by a worthless has-been mediocrity who resembles a crash dummy.) On his last day in the White House, McClellan said this of his fellow propaganda machinists: "I have been honored and grateful to be a small part of a terrific and talented team of really good people," (Hat tip: Kathryn Jean Lopez, NRO).
From media excerpts, other than the bombshell that an administration used "propaganda" to get its message out (no president has ever done this!), other revelations in McClellan's book include: Katrina didn't go well, the White House was worried about Valerie Plame, Bush is a bad man because he did what presidents do, there are rumors about Bush and cocaine. He also reveals there were no WMDs in Iraq. And that he thinks Bush "misled" us into war. Bush: "Hey, let's invade Iraq for no reason! McClellan informed me that Saddam has no WMDs, so invading will wreck my credibility! Woo-hoo, 30 percent approval ratings, here I come!"
McClellan says he lied for years and years for George Bush, but that he's not lying now for $27.95 a copy. (Soon available at a Dollar Store near you.) McClellan denies being a backstabbing, two-faced, double-crossing little slimeball quisling who wallowed for years in the spotlight holding a comfy job and who then cashes in by dumping a steaming pile of dung. The dung, incidentally, was published by PublicAffairs, which is part of Perseus Books Group, owned by a merchant bank called Perseus LLC, which sort of gives the game away as to who's really pulling Scott McClown's strings, since Perseus has got a few companies with "Soros" in their name: Perseus-Soros Biopharmaceutical Fund, LP; Perseus-Soros Management, LLC, etc. (Hat tip: Littlegreenfootballs.com.) McClellan hotly denies that money was his motivation, noting that PublicAffairs almost never pays an advance of more than 30 pieces of silver.
The founder and Editor-at-Large of PublicAffairs is left-wing nutcase Peter Osnos, who admits to having "worked closely" with McClellan on 'his' book -- which is another way of saying: I wrote it. Osnos writes a weekly column for the left-wing "Century Foundation," so at least he's not biased.
In a column about Richard Nixon, Osnos attacks George Bush: "Instead of the compassionate conservative with a winning personal style surrounded by competent and experienced advisers, the Bush's administration [sic] has been reactionary and inept." In a column about Molly Ivins a few months after her death, he attacks George Bush: "Bush and company seemed determined to go ahead with the invasion no matter what, and the country, on the whole, went along."
In a column about Al Gore, he attacks George Bush for having "outmaneuvered (Gore) in a presidential contest . . ." Then he blames the media for the Gore campaign's incompetence: "It is fair to say that history can judge the media as one of the main reasons Al Gore lost in 2000, with disastrous consequences for the nation." Any doubt the U.S. and "many other places and global problems would be in better shape if Gore had made it to the White House?" The Earth would be so much cooler right now!
In a dramatic shift, in a column about books about Ronald Reagan, he attacks Ronald Reagan: "What comes through in all the books about and by Ronald Reagan is that he was essentially oblivious to emotion in the way it is commonly understood." In a gracious moment after William F. Buckley's death, he wrote that Buckley's views were of "someone suspended in an Anglophiliac universe of the past," and he blasted Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter in the same column for being "bombastic, aggressive, and mean" to left-wing nutjobs like Peter Osnos.
The real reason libbies are giving the fat tongue bath to McClellan's book is because it recycles their 'Rush-to-War' and 'Bush Lied, Kids Died' tropes now that the surge is working embarrassingly well and their moron Obama is busy being steeped in denial, lamely attempting to relitigate the prewar stuff. McClellan was deputy press secretary for the wimp-o sissy pantywaist domestic issues in the run-up to war, which is why, relitigation-wise, McClellan's book is a fat lot of use for Democrats, since the White House was keen to keep this imbecile out of the war-strategy loop. What was supposed to be one huge demolition job on Bush, McClellan's book became McClellan doing one huge demolition job on McClellan and his "credibility," recounting details of meetings he never attended, of conversations he had that never happened.
As rigged as the media game is, the hideous tyrant Bu$hitler comes out ahead even as little shifty-eyes McClellan struggles out of the corner he's painted himself into.
My Two Cents...
McClellan is just a whore, not exactly news though. Well except he is parroting the MSM talking points, so the media reports it as headline news. Crappy press secretaries is one reason the Bush Administration dug itself into a hole.
McClellan was the only crappy press secretary. Fleischer, Snow and Perino are great.
You da bomb!
Right on! Or, as McClellan might say, left on!
What a toad Scottie was as PS and has now revealed himself to be.
Had President Bush not appointed him Press Secretary, little Scottie would be somewhere sucking his thumb and pouting....oh like he is here in this “book”.
This “tell all” book is nothing but left wing Bush derangement syndrome pablum.....
and poor Scottie - merits nothing but scorn and derision - and one day judgement by God - for his attempted trashing of HIS PRESIDENT.
Snow was very good. I suppose the biggest problem with Bush’s press secretaries was Bush tied their hands too much and they did not counter-attack. The Clinton-machine was so much better at character assassination, of course they had a will accomplish in the media. Bush tried to play too nice. Of course the media would have you think because of Plame (who was mistakenly leaked by an anti-warer) Bush is pure evil, Bush’s use of such Clintonian tactics were virtually non-existence.
Even stupid Scott McClellan is learning what is in it.
lol -- good line.
good to know — thanks for the insight
With all the Bush Admin spinners making the rounds this week on the newsie programs, it was reminiscent of the ole Clinton days.
We haven't seen this much life from Team Bush since.... well, since never.
Too bad McClellan couldn't have released this like around 2002. Maybe we would have seen a more aggressive Bush Administration. Instead, we all we've seen for 7 years is the rolling over and capitulating to bring that ‘new tone’ to Washington.
Now I know.
And note that when he was in charge things went south. He was a nightmare to watch. I cringed watching him. He couldn’t take the heat. He was a joke.
"k" should be a "p"
To your post #10....hmmmm, heard Scott was now supporting Obama. Maybe it is his arm up there :-)
I like the “shifty-eyes” McClellan nomenclature. Too bad the Sopranos wasn’t still on the air, they could have his character come on and you know you’d hear Tony telling some body to whack “Shifty-eyes McClellan”, probably Paulie Walnuts.
That guy's gonna get tired...maybe they should have Story Time so he can read to a bigger group.
McClellan is the lap dog of the world socialists who despise America and want to bring it down as quickly as possible using whatever running dogs are available.
We knew this the first day, didn’t we?
Has Tony Snow made a comment as yet on this?
Has anyone heard how he is?
Question, John: How exactly does one sculpt a turd?
Tony responded to a thread here on FR. Do a search of his name to see his comment.
Thanks - will have a look see...
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