Honest Mistake

Chait, Jonathan
March 2004
New Republic;3/29/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 11, p18
This article concludes that Scott McClellan's honesty makes him a poor White House press secretary. On the morning of February 10, the Bush administration released payroll records from President Bush's National Guard stint 30 years before. It was not, in other words, a good day to be White House press secretary. But it's hard to imagine how the day could have gone much worse than it did for Scott McClellan, Bush's chief spokesman. And yet even the most determined Bush haters will find that, as they watch the hapless McClellan(Scott McClellan) beaten about the head almost every day by the White House press corps, their schadenfreude eventually gives way to pity. McClellan is as effective as Fleischer when he's asked questions that can be answered honestly--about, say, where the president is traveling next or what he thinks of some foreign development or well-established domestic issue.


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