Did you see yesterday morning’s NBC interview of Scott McClellan on Today?
I felt Meredith Viera could have done a better job of extracting the particulars of his experiences in the book. She mostly focused on the Bush counter-charges that attack the messenger while ignoring the message.
Despite the sligthly hostile questions, McClellan kept returning to his talking points about the very corrupt “permanent campaign culture” in Washington. I would expect such finesse from a man with his media savvy.
Even so, I give kudos to Today for granting McClellan a national forum. It’s the best interview with him so far.
Curiously, none of McClellan’s most telling comments during the Today interview have been included as sound bites on NBC or any of the other networks airing clips from the segment. The most I’ve heard on any newscast was his short comment at the start of the Today interview that he knew the White House did not want him to talk about his experiences.
I’m waiting for McClellan to appear on The News Hour, where the questions may be more probing. If McClellan has the chutzpah, I hope he goes on Democracy Now.
Meanwhile, I’m still waiting to see honestly “fair and balanced” coverage of this story.
(In case you missed it, here’s the NBC Today interview: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/24870079#24870079)