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McClellan Hits the Talk Show Circuit

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan spoke with NPR and appeared on NBC's "Today" show this morning to talk about his new book, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception."

Here's the entire "Today" interview, conducted by NBC's Meredith Vieira:

Listen to the NPR interview here.

UPDATE 9:27 p.m. ET: McClellan also spoke this evening with Katie Couric on the "CBS Evening News." He commented on the upcoming presidential election:

"I haven't made a decision. I have a lot of admiration and respect for Senator McCain. He's someone who has certainly governed form the center, and that's where I come from. I'm also intrigued by Senator Obama's message. It's a message that is very similar to the one that Governor Bush ran on in 2000."

McClellan made similar comments to ABC's Martha Raddatz on "World News with Charles Gibson."

McClellan also appeared Thursday night on "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." The multi-part discussion starts with this video clip:

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  May 29, 2008; 9:05 AM ET Miscellaneous
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From: Head of State

Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tactical Woundedness

I was just mulling over the response of the White House and former associated figures over the past 24 hours, and realized that there is a phenomenon, used in the past by this and other Administrations, which can be culled out, newly defined, that I shall call "Tactical Woundedness":

Tactical Woundedness: The use of an apparent sense of betrayal, often portrayed through the use of euphemistic insinuation, such as the word "puzzled" and "this isn't the ----- we knew", that is meant to serve as a form of indirection--to draw viewers of an event away from a damaging factual disclosure and towards an implication of personal disloyalty. This relies on the known effect of people to be influenced in the direction of attending to interpersonal conflict over factual inaccuracy--even when the factual inaccuracy may have a considerable impact on their own lives.

See also: Mock outrage; Captain Renault in Casablanca: "shocked, shocked".

If these individuals are indeed wounded, it is more likely an understated wounded pride at their "misunderestimation"--that such a receptive servant of the message, no doubt hired for his unquestioning fealty, would now actually remove the curtain from the proceedings that they expected that he would obediently continue to conceal.

Head of State

Posted by: Emily Stewart | May 29, 2008 10:42 AM

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