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June 02, 2008

Publisher Helps Scott McClellen Recover Repressed Memories of Abuse

Matt Sheffield has confirmed what we all suspected:

Reading through McClellan's original book proposal, obtained by Politico.com, it is clear that before his editor Peter Osnos took the book on a sharp leftward turn, McClellan wanted to turn the tables on foes in the press gallery including far-left columnist Helen Thomas and NBC correspondent David Gregory.
... There have been a number of books written about him, including many more recent ones that portray him in a very negative light.

This book is going to take a much different look at our Nation’s 43rd President. While being supportive of the President, I want to give readers a candid look into who George W. Bush is, what he believes, why he believes it so strongly, and what drives him.

I want to give readers a sense of what Bush is like outside of the public view -- in meetings with world leaders, Members of Congress, his Cabinet, key constituents, families of the fallen, wounded soldiers, and key staff.

It will be an insider’s account of his behind-the-scenes persona, including his decision-making style, his personal discipline, his composure under fire, and his sense of humor.

And, I will directly address myths that have been associated with him, some deliberately perpetuated by activist liberals and some created by the media, and look at the reality behind those myths. [...]


Scott McClellan was tortured by the Bush administration. Apparently the abuse was so severe he had suppressed all memories of the horrific experiences he suffered at the hands of Bush and Co:

....McClellan and Peter Osnos, the founder of PublicAffairs, the small company that published "What Happened," rebutted suggestions from some Bush defenders, including former press secretary Ari Fleischer, that McClellan may have had a ghostwriter or undergone heavy-handed editing. Fleischer and others have repeatedly said that the book does not "sound like" McClellan, who is known as genial and soft-spoken.

McClellan said that he started focusing on writing the book about a year ago and that the work was especially intense over the past several months as the publishing date approached.

Osnos said McClellan just needed editorial guidance to tell the story he wanted to tell all along.

"First we had to ascertain what kind of book he wanted to write,"
said Osnos, a former Washington Post reporter and editor. "We are journalists, independent-minded publishers. We weren't interested in a book that was just a defense of the Bush administration. It had to pass our test of independence, integrity and candor."...

Thank God we now have a plausible explanation for the discrepancy between Scott's proposal and the book which eventually "evolved". Just think what wonders Osner might be able to perform with other Oval Office alums!

Posted by Cassandra at June 2, 2008 12:52 PM

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It had to pass our test of independence, integrity and candor...

Uh, yeah.

That's been working out well for the folks at the NYT, too, haddenit...

Posted by: BillT at June 2, 2008 01:35 PM


Call me when they catch Scottie trying to enlarge his manhood by stuffing documents down his pants at the National Archives. Even his dog doesn't like him.

Posted by: spd rdr at June 2, 2008 01:46 PM

"... what wonders Osner might be able to perform with other Oval Office alums!"

Still seething over not being able to have your picture taken with him, eh? Get over it, woman. Sheesh! When will you learn, he's sooo past your pink booties.

*heading for the hills*

Posted by: DL Sly at June 2, 2008 01:58 PM

I like that last bit.

"We weren't interested in a book that was just a defense of the Bush administration. It had to pass our test of independence, integrity and candor."

In other words, by definition, there is no defense of the Bush administration. We have our narrative, but we are free of bias. These people are getting more clownish every day.

Posted by: Allen at June 2, 2008 02:46 PM

And you thought I was kidding about Scotty McC entering into a dimension where, as Yoda might suggest, matter doesn't?

Posted by: Rod Serling at June 2, 2008 04:47 PM

Candy Gram for Mr. Scotty McChiveintheback!

Posted by: Sheriff Bart at June 2, 2008 04:58 PM

Sly, you are dead meat.

Barney and I will always have that moment in the hall. He barked at me! I know we shared a special second or two...


Posted by: Cassandra at June 2, 2008 06:23 PM

"He barked at me!"

I happen to have overheard from an irrefutable source - who spoke on condition of anonymity - of a definate confirmation of an affirmative maybe that what you heard was more than likely gas. Which should in no way detract from nor invalidate the feelings you may have experienced during your *special second or two*, I'm jus' sayin'....


Posted by: DL Sly at June 2, 2008 08:13 PM

They have Gaseous Barking Spiders in D.C.? I thought that they were native only to the swamps along the Southeastern coastal regions and the Gulf coast of the US.

Wait one, you're talking about Congress again aren't you?

Posted by: bthun at June 2, 2008 08:33 PM

The spider barked??? Damn...what was IN that orange juice woman?

Posted by: HomefrontSix at June 3, 2008 02:44 AM

Osnos is independently truthy?

Pardonne moi while I sit next to BillT and snort with laughter.

Barking Spiders indeed...

Posted by: Cricket at June 3, 2008 10:00 AM