WASHINGTON--Former Bush White House press secretary Scott McClellan--thought to be a soft-spoken loyalist---rams President Bush's team in his new book out this week for marketing the Iraq War like cereral. Veterans of the Bush years are stunned. Former Bush press secretary Ari Fleisher told NPR's Alex Chadwick on "New Day" that he is "heartbroken"
" Well, there’s just something about it that doesn’t make any sense to me, and I’m heartbroken about this," Fleischer said. "Scott was always a great deputy to me, very reliable, trustworthy, and never once did he come up to me and express any misgivings that he had or to anybody else that I know of about the war or the manner in which the White House prepared for the war."
Chadwick noted "he uses the term propaganda. That’s quite a term. And he’s talking about President Bush. I think he’s talking about you as well. He’s talking about the message from the White House.
Replied Fleischer, " Well, that’s what really struck me is if Scott thought it was propaganda, then Scott should not have accepted the job as White House press secretary. If Scott viewed what the White House was saying was so irresponsible or wrong that it rose to the level of propaganda for him, it’s not a job he should have accepted. He should on principle have declined it.
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