Thursday, May 29, 2008

Scott McClellan and Trashy Tell-Alls

Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan flays the Bush administration in his new book, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception." According to McClellan, the administration availed itself of lies and propaganda to wage an "unnecessary" war on Iraq. And PS, George Bush Jr was a coke head.


McClellan's book doesn't say anything most informed Americans don't already know. Instead of excoriating the President, it only makes his former Press Secretary look like a disgruntled employee, the likes of which either badmouth their former bosses at cocktail parties, trash their offices before being escorted out of the building or resort to Facebook-bullying.

The only good that can come of this week's White House drama is a revelation that the Obama camp ghost-wrote McClellan's book.

And speaking of trashy tell-alls, I'd been meaning to write about Barbara Walters' memoir, "Audition," which I suspect was ghost-written by Danielle Steele.

That a journalist of Barbara Walters' stature has resorted to rehashing cat fights and bedroom trysts is disappointing and pathetic. I would have gladly read a book about her ascent up the ranks in the world of broadcast news, but for the hijinks and tackiness Babs is promoting, I'd rather read US Weekly. Or better yet, Star.

Christina Crawford set the standard for the celeb tell-all. Let's leave perfection alone.


James said...

I hope Scotty makes a lot of money on this book because no one in their right mind is going to hire a press secretary with loose lips. He'll be as popular as a surgeon who can't stand the sight of blood!

Anonymous said...

Barbara Walter's life was influenced greatly by her older sister and she's written a beautiful memoir about her life. I read another memoir of a life influence by a sibling that I recommend highly - I actually liked it even more. The memoir is ""My Stroke of Insight"" by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. Dr Taylor became a Harvard brain scientist to find the cause and cure for schizophrenia because her older brother was a sufferer. Then, crazy as life can be, Dr. Taylor had a stroke at age 37. What was amazing was that her left brain was shut down by the stroke - where language and thinking occur - but her right brain was fully functioning. She experienced bliss and nirvana and the way she writes about it (or talks about it in her now famous TED talk) is incredible.

What I took away from Dr. Taylor's book above all, and why I recommend it so highly, is that you don't have to have a stroke or take drugs to find the deep inner peace that she talks about. Her book explains how. ""I want what she's having"", and thanks to this wonderful book, I can!