Former White House press secretary turned best selling author Scott McClellan set off another round of outrage when he told Hardball host Chris Matthews that part of the Bush Administration’s messaging strategy during his tenure was the funneling of favorable talking points to friendly TV commentators, naming Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly.
McClellan qualified the statement, reported by TVNewswer, by saying, “I think that happens both ways when people go on other networks that are favorable to Democrats.”
MSNBC host Keith Olbermann expressed shock – shock! – at the tactic, while O’Reilly, with typical meekness, called McClellan “idiot,” adding, “He wants to sell his stupid book.”
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