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Of Presidential Spokesmen and The ‘Art’ of Lying

May 29, 2008

A big seller in the U.S. is the tell-all book written by the former press secretary of George W. Bush, Scott Mclellan wher he ‘reveals’ the outgoing president “used propaganda” and that he (Mclellan), like a good soldier, lied for his president.

Here’s a blog account”

“Scott McLellan admits he is a liar

To no one’s surprise in a world where top White House aides with any president eventually write a book about it, former Press Sectetary Scott McClellan will be coming out with his volume in April.

It’s called “What Happened” and its publisher, Public Affairs, at its Web site carries this brief excerpt:

“The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.

“There was one problem. It was not true.

“I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President’s chief of staff, and the president himself.”

“As press secretary, I spent countless hours defending the administration from the podium in the White House briefing room. Although the things I said then were sincere, I have since come to realize that some of them were badly misguided.”

No eye-openers here, just the admission that for any presidential spokesman, lying is simply part of the ‘scope of work’.

How, we wonder, would former press secretary, former Muntinglupa mayor and now incoming member of the Monetary Board react to the Mclellan ‘revelations?

Only with a wry smile, we bet.

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