So White House spokesman Scott McClellan is answering questions about the Cheney shooting this morning, trying to skirt around the reporters tough questions about the circumstances of the shooting and Harry Whittington’s injuries. During the entire conference, in typical Bush-cheerleading fashion, he is downplaying the issue as much as possible in that annoying manner that he is becoming famous for.
But what the reporters didn't know - but what McClellan did allegedly know at that time - was that Whittington had just had a heart attack. McClellan, in his typical manner of circumventing any question that could make Bush look like an a$$ (which is often) did not share this new information with reporters. This takes all his answers and comments that day beyond the usual realm of typical spin and half-truth and makes McClellan an outright liar. As the reporters pressed on (still unaware of the heart attack), McClellan, in that irritating nasally voice, kept insisting that “we move on” to something else, perhaps knowing how much uglier things were about to get once the reporters knew the full story.
Later, when asked why he did not relay this breaking news to the reporters at the press conference, lily-livered yes-man McClellan stated that he felt uncomfortable breaking "doctor-patient privilege"
What a moron. If you've ever listened to McClellan speak at White House press conferences, you have no doubt noticed that all his comments and replies always come pre-packaged, peppered with Dilbert-management style Bushspeak, and always downplaying the latest bungling that the Bush Administration is being called to the carpet on. (Iraq, big oil, FEMA, Katrina, etc). McClellan has never answered question directly or truthfully, only putting the typical Bush-style spin on it. He has perfected this circumvention to such a degree that it almost seems that Bush himself is up there speaking. A Bush "Mini Me" of sorts. His blatant contempt for reporters is mind-boggling.
But today’s debacle is a new low even for McClellan and the White House. Deliberately withholding key information about the condition of someone injured directly at hands of the vice-President and then lying to reporters, knowing full well that his condition had just made a drastic turn for the worse, makes him completely unworthy of being a liaison for the American Public. Especially considering how much the administration had been downplaying the buckshot injuries all along. But then again, given how criminally incompetent the Bush Administration is, I guess he fits the part of White House spokesperson just fine.
Yet with this latest development, McClellan has finally proved for all to see that he really is just about the lowest form of life within the administration. For he has the degrading job of putting positive spin on all the carnage that has been caused by Bush and his cronies. A true yes-man if there ever was one, today’s press conference shows once and for all that his sole job is too pull the wool over the public's eyes. And to cover-up Bush’s incompetence no matter what the costs. Indeed McClellan is so blatantly and obviously a Bush brown-noser and outright liar that, one would have to be a complete moron not to see through that.