McClellan flings large balls of dung at the Beelzebush

Think Progress has compiled a plethora of Faux News commentors pushing the "editor made him do it" meme, but other sources confirm Scott McClellan’s recollections as shown in the current headline article below.  Combine the McClellan book WHAT HAPPENED:  Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception 
 with Vincent Bugliosi’s (read the Crooks and Liars blog here) book The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder it’s no wonder you have to go to the international press (Pakistan Tribune) to find out who else was out in front of the media yesterday: Ex- White House anti-terror advisor Richard Clarke has said that US army presence in Iraq has helped Al-Qaeda and withdrawal of US army from Iraq was key to winning the war on terror.

CNN’s Yellin: Network executives killed critical White House stories before Iraq war.

Yesterday, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, who previously covered the White House for ABC News, agreed with Scott McClellan’s assessment that the media were “too deferential to the White House” before the Iraq war. Yellin said news executives pushed her not to do hard-hitting pieces on the Bush administration:

The press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war presented in way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president’s high approval ratings. And my own experience at the White House was that the higher the president’s approval ratings, the more pressure I had from news executives…to put on positive stories about the president.
“[T]hey would edit my pieces,” Yellin said. “They would push me in different directions. They would turn down stories that were more critical, and try to put on pieces that were more positive.” Glenn Greenwald has more.

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