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White House caught providing ’talking points’ to Fox News

White House caught violating anti-propaganda laws, provided ’talking points’ to Fox News

Blue Tidalwave
July 29, 2008

Last week former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and said the White House distributed “talking points” to friendly Fox journalists.

McClellan’s confirmation of an operation inside the White House of providing comprehensive talking points to Fox News and other Conservative talk show personalities to manipulate the media and control the message regarding the Iraq War and the “war on terror” is a violation of anti-propaganda laws. By law the government sources must be disclosed by the reporting news outlets.

Yesterday a report prepared by the Justice Department’s inspector general and its internal ethics office found that a few aides to Alberto Gonzales and White House officials were actively involved in hiring decisions for non political positions at the DOJ. Being a loyal Republican was the main criteria for being hired, not education or experience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7SzFzXpQHY

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Olbermann admits White House gave him talking points in 2004

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huIIMBx7SHo

 



Scott McClellan Under Oath: Video Highlights

Scott McClellan Under Oath: Video Highlights

ANP
June 20, 2008

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Tp63FC7EvXc

Former presidential spokesperson Scott McClellan testified under oath before the House Judiciary Committee and laid out a damning case against Bush’s White House. Over the course of four tense hours, committee members clashed over calls for impeachment of President Bush and deception leading up to the invasion of Iraq.

McClellan Will Testify Before House
http://news.yahoo.com/s/a..ylt=Aj4lbuTY4WyadQIxRt2zJqGMwfIE

McClellin: Bush Admits Authorizing Plame Leak
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oft4K3f8364

Former White House spokesman: Bush used ’propaganda’ to sell war
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Form..man_Bush_used_0527.html

Letterman: “Cheney Couldn’t Care Less About Americans”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TudvUGEDnkA

McClellan: Bush’s Iran rhetoric serious
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=58111&sectionid=351020101

Bush ‘involved’ in CIA leak case
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7105001.stm

 



Letterman: “Cheney Couldn’t Care Less About Americans”

Letterman: “Cheney Couldn’t Care Less About Americans”

 



McClellan: Bush’s Iran rhetoric serious

McClellan: Bush’s Iran rhetoric serious

Press TV
May 31, 2008

Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan says the Bush administration’s war rhetoric against Iran should be taken ’very seriously’.

In a Friday interview with MSNBC, McClellan said the Bush administration intends to wage war on Iran by applying the same ’permanent campaign’ which manipulated the ’public opinion to the president’s advantage’ and led to Iraq’s invasion.

“They are still in this permanent campaign mode. They haven’t backed away from that. … I think that you would need to take [the administration’s] comments [on Iran] very seriously and be skeptical,” he said.

Washington’s longstanding attempts to demonize Iran are aimed at preparing the World for another war in the already volatile Middle East.

The hawkish US rhetoric and recent military build-up in the Persian Gulf is reminiscent of the preparations for other US wars, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

 



Bush ‘involved’ in CIA leak case

Bush ‘involved’ in CIA leak case

BBC
November 21, 2007

A former White House press secretary has said the US president was involved in misinforming the public over the leaking of a CIA agent’s identity.

In an excerpt from his book, Scott McClellan says George W Bush helped mislead the public over the role in the affair of two White House aides.

The CIA agent, Valerie Plame, says her identity was leaked because her diplomat husband opposed the Iraq war.

The White House said Mr Bush would not ask anyone to pass false information.

Lawsuit

Mr McClellan’s book is not scheduled for publication until April and the excerpt released was brief.

It refers to a White House press conference he attended in 2003.

WHAT IS CIA LEAK CASE ABOUT?

Libby was found guilty of lying to the FBI and a grand jury over revelations about CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity

Critics said the White House leaked Ms Plame’s identity to undermine her husband, ex-ambassador Joseph Wilson

He had publicly cast doubt on the Bush administration’s case for war in Iraq

The alleged cover-up, rather than the leak itself, was the subject of the Libby trial

At the conference, Mr McClellan told journalists that the two aides Karl Rove and Lewis “Scooter” Libby were “not involved” in leaking Ms Plame’s identity.

The excerpt reads: “There was one problem. It was not true.

“I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice-president, the president’s chief of staff, and the president himself.”

Mr McClellan, who served as press secretary from 2003 to 2006, and his publisher later clarified the excerpt.

Peter Osnos of Public Affairs Books said Mr McClellan was not suggesting Mr Bush deliberately lied.

“He told him something that wasn’t true, but the president didn’t know it wasn’t true,” Mr Osnos said. “The president told him what he thought to be the case.”

Libby, Vice-President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, is the only person charged over the affair. He was sentenced to 30 months in jail for obstructing an inquiry into the leaking of the identity.

However, Mr Bush intervened in July to prevent Libby from serving a prison term.

Ms Plame said Mr McClellan’s excerpt was “shocking” and that she believed Mr McClellan had been “sent out to lie to the press corps”.

Current White House press secretary Dana Perino said: “The president has not and would not ask his spokespeople to pass on false information.”

In July a judge dismissed a civil lawsuit brought by Ms Plame against Mr Cheney and other Bush administration officials.

She maintained her cover had been blown after her husband, Joseph Wilson, a former ambassador, said the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence on Iraq to back its case for war.