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Season 13 Episode 71

Scott McClellan

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Jun 02, 2008 on Comedy Central
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Tonight, former White House Press Secretary (2003-2006) for President Bush and author of the new book What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception, Scott McClellan. Jon begins the show with Fred Schneider from the B-52's reading an excerpt from Scott McClellan's new book. Finally, Jon reports on the status of the primary's conducted in Michigan and Florida and whether the DNC will seat their delegates at the convention in a segment called "MI FL Hunters".moreless

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      • Jon Stewart: Doesn't he say "I know what's best for the county and your job is to help me sell it to the American people without them realizing what we're really doing."
        Scott McClellan: He didn't say it that way to me…
        Jon Stewart: Isn't that the gist of how Washington works?
        Scott McClellan: That's one way to look at it.

      • Jon Stewart: If they sat in a room and said, "When we go to campaign for this war, let's not tell them how much it cost. Let's not mention it," that's a sin of omission. That's a lie.
        Scott McClellan: There's really no difference whether it's deliberate or intentional or not.
        Jon Stewart: There is…one is homicide. The other is involuntary manslaughter…In the book, you make it very clear, you go out of your way to say you don't think it's intentional but I haven't seen any evidence that's not intentional because everything was done with a forethought. It may not have been done with malice so it may not be first degree murder but it was done with a forethought…They sat in a room with each other and said, "Don't tell them any of the bad consequences that could come of this war because we really want to do this."
        Scott McClellan: I don't think it was just like that.
        Jon Stewart: Tell me what wasn't like that.
        Scott McClellan: Well, I think it was more talking about what's the strongest possible case we can make. It was talking about what we do put in there.
        Jon Stewart: We really want to do this. Well, it could cost 200 billion dollars. Don't mention that. Thousands of people may die. Yeah, you might not want to bring that up. What if they call me in front of Congress to testify about it? Just f**king say something.

      • Jon Stewart: The entire presidency was a façade of public manipulation.

      • Fred Schneider: Being evasive is not the same as lying in Bush's mind. (quoting from book, "What Happened: An Insider Account of Spin and Propaganda," by Scott McClellan)

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      • Jon Stewart: (to Scott McClellan) You're taking a lot of heat for this. You talked about Fight Club.

        This is a reference to the 1999 movie Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. In the movie, the first and second rule of Fight Club are both the same: "You DO NOT talk about Fight Club."

      • Fred Schneider reads some passages from Scott McClellan's book, accompanied by the B-52s song "Love Shack."

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