Scotty McClellan is using the Newsweek story to deflect from the Administration’s shortcomings, and now he wants his pound of flesh.
â€œThe report had real consequences,â€ White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Monday. â€œPeople have lost their lives. Our image abroad has been damaged. There are some who are opposed to the United States and what we stand for who have sought to exploit this allegation. It will take work to undo what can be undone.â€
McClellan said a retraction was only â€œa good first stepâ€ and said Newsweek should try to set the record straight by â€œclearly explaining what happened and how they got it wrong, particularly to the Muslim world, and pointing out the policies and practices of our military.â€
In other words, Scotty wants a big wet kiss from Newsweek despite the fact that the White House sent us off to war (where more people died) and damaged our image abroad using much the same methods as Newsweek. I’m sure McClellan has drawn up a list of possible Newsweek cover stories for them to choose from to get back in his good graces:
George Bush – Best. President. Ever.
Hey. Let’s Invade Iran!
The New Crusades: Good For Christianity. Good For America
Hell Yeah, We’re Winning!
The Incredibly Sexy Scott McClellan: Good Looks and A Big Penis.