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Morning Reading List, 12.08.08

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Morning Reading List, 09.19.08


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Perino’s Humor: More “Dry And Wry”

Over at the Examiner, Jeff Dufour and I crunched the numbers and determined that reporters in the White House are back to Scott McClellan-like levels of laughter under Dana Perino (this, after Tony Snow made instances of laughter amongst the press corps increase by 330%, compared to McClellan).

Of course, there’s more to the story:

    Perino may be receiving less laughter from the press corps for a number of reasons. First, attention has turned away from the presidency during Bush’s final months in office and many of the briefing room’s regular characters are out on the campaign trail. Second, Perino’s briefings are far shorter than Snow’s; Perino’s briefings during her first four months averaged 22 minutes, while Snow’s averaged 35. And finally — as Knox puts it — “I really appreciate Dana’s sense of humor, but I’m not sure it lends itself to a lot of people joining in.” Knox calls Perino’s comedic style “dry and wry.”

Read the full thing here.

Morning Reading List, 07.29.08


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Bush Dodges Question About McClellan’s Book

In President George W. Bush‘s press conference today, he dodged a question by CNN’s Ed Henry about former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan‘s book “What Happened.”

    I have had no comment, and no comment now on Scott’s book.

>UPDATE, from TVNewser:

    One person not in attendance: the dean of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas. Insiders tell us 87-year-old Thomas, who has covered every president since Kennedy, has not been feeling well the past few weeks. Her seat in the front row will be empty.

Separated At Birth: Scott McClellan and Atrios

For this week’s Separated at Birth, we have a reader-submitted suggestion. Does former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan look like…


Blogger and radio personality Duncan “Atrios” Black?


Did you miss our earlier Separateds? Or just want to see them again? Check out Bob Novak, Bill Kristol, Keither Olbermann, Part II, Keith Olbermann, Eric Dezenall, Charles Krauthammer Part II, Charles Krauthammer, Carolyn Hax, Christiane Amanpour, Eamon Javers And Dan Bartlett, David Muir and Jeremy Bronson, John Solomon, Bill Sammon, Dana Priest, J. Freedom du Lac, Chris Wallace, Bob Woodward, Part II, Tim Russert, Part II, Anne Kornblut, Greta Wodele, Michael Calderone, Robert Traynham, Les Kingsolving, Pamela Brown, Bill Press, Kriston Capps, Howard Bryant, Michael Clements, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Wes Pruden, Chris Cillizza, Dana Perino, Dan Steinberg, David Martin, David Bradley, Linda Greenhouse, Laura Sessions Stepp, William Arkin, Paul Singer, Ben Bradlee, John Yang, Armstrong Williams, Howard Kurtz, Tony Kornheiser, John Harris, Len Downie, David Corn, Bob Woodward, Jeff Zeleny, John McCaslin, John Hendren, Lesley Lopez, Elizabeth Shogren, Norah O’Donnell, Chris Matthews, Tim Russert, Brit Hume, Wolf Blitzer and David Gregory

McClellan Chats About “What Happened”

Earlier today, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan held an online chat to discuss his controversial new book. Some excerpts:

    Vienna, Va.: Scott: In judging your credibility, what relevance should people place upon the fact that your publishing house is affiliated with The Nation magazine, a very liberal publication, and that it has published books by liberal critic George Soros and even a book linking George W. Bush with murder?

    Scott McClellan: My publisher has published books from people across the political spectrum focused on important public policy topics, including Nathan Sharansky, an author whose work the president has encouraged a number of people at the White House to read.

    Northville, N.Y.: Thank you for your book, which I am eager to read. In news reports, you seem to be saying that President Bush sincerely wants to transform the Middle East and install democracies everywhere. Do you think this shows good judgment, and isn’t this the opposite of what your fellow Texan, Rep. Paul, would say about blowback from our arrogant meddling in other countries’ affairs? Do you subscribe to either philosophy? Also, from your knowledge of the people involved, do you think a military strike on Iran will be conducted before Bush leaves office?

    Scott McClellan: I came to realize that the driving motivation behind the president’s desire to remove Saddam Hussein and his regime was a sincere belief that Iraq could be the lynchpin for spreading democracy across the Middle East. In the book, I discuss a number of moments when he passionately talks about this idealistic and ambitious vision.

    During his campaign for president, he asserted that we needed a strong but humble foreign policy. 9/11 clearly changed some thinking. I do believe the Iraq decision legitimately calls into question the judgement of the president and some of his advisers who were intent on toppling the Iraqi regime. My philosophy is based in a moral belief that we should not wage war unless it is absolutely necessary. It is clear to me today that the Iraq War was not.

    Atlanta: While defending himself against your charges in an interview on FOX (yesterday I believe), Karl Rove said that your claims demonstrated just how out-of-the-loop you were on important decisions. I was astounded that he used this as a defense. The media (and the nation) depends upon the press secretary for need-to-know information about the administration’s actions. Did you consider yourself out-of-the-loop, and if so, how? Was this just a little CYA on his part, or a Freudian slip?

    Scott McClellan: I think that is a very good question. In the book, I discuss this very sentiment that existed among some Bush advisers. I participated in many presidential meetings–cabinet meetings, congressional meetings, foreign leader meetings, policy briefings and others. But this White House has been too secretive and too compartmentalized. Some decisions tend to be made in very small groups outside those meetings. The book covers this in pretty good detail, and my concerns about it as I was considering whether to move forward on being press secretary.

McClellan (Naturally) Goes Private

Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan has joined APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council.

Whittington: Reporters Are “Insufferable Jerks”

Harry Whittington, who was shot by Vice President Dick Cheney in a hunting accident last year, considers the reporters who covered the mishap a bunch of “insufferable jerks.”

At least that’s what former White House political strategist Karl Rove told the Washington Examiner’s Bill Sammon in his new book, “The Evangelical President.”

According to Rove, Whittington was being ironic when he finally emerged from the hospital to “thank” the reporters who had spent days hyperventilating about the accident. Alluding to journalistic ignorance about the dangers of hunting, Whittington lamented the accident was “not easy to explain-especially to those who are not familiar with the great sport of quail hunting.”

Unaware of Whittington’s subtle rebuke, journalists interpreted the old man’s remarks as vindication of the media. Whittington could only chuckle at coverage of his “thank you.”

“I talked to him afterwards and said, ‘You really did great,” Rove tells Sammon. “He said, ‘I really enjoyed the fact that I insulted the press and they didn’t seem to understand that I’d insulted them.’ He was basically saying: You insufferable jerks.”

Kildea Joins “This Week”

Joe Kildea, a former strategy advisor for Sen. John McCain (until a few weeks ago), has joined “This Week with George Stephanopolous” as a segment producer. Kildea founded Spinnaker Communications and has previously worked as a press assistant to Scott McClellan, a “war room manager” manager for Bush-Cheney in ’03 and ’04. He went to Georgetown and is a 2nd year student in their J.D. program.