Scott McClellan got the Judge Judy treatment from Bill O'Reilly over his new book which rips the Bush administration on a host of issues. In this extended clip, BillO took exception because Scott had the audacity to indict the press over their horrid coverage of the run up to the Iraq war. And poor Bill tries to spin him into the ground over his admissions that the Iraq war was sold to American people using---propaganda. (rough transcript)
O'Reilly: You said they used propaganda and that is a loaded word
McClellan: The White House Iraq group, the White House Iraq group was set up, it's a marketing arm for selling the a war. That was a specific purpose that I talked about in the book
O'Reilly: Because they fervently believed that the guy was a danger and could hand his weapons off.
McClellan: No because the President had a bigger driving motivation which was to transform the middle east.
O'Reilly: You telling me that President Bush didn't believe they had the,
McClellan: No, he did too. He believed that too.
O'Reilly:That's not propaganda then, that's not propaganda.
McClellan: It is when you package it all together---over sell it and over state it to the American people. That is propaganda.
In Bill's mind it's A-OK that the WHIG was formed to set up a one stop shopping mart to shoot war propaganda directly into the veins of the press which would be passed on to fool the American people into thinking we needed to attack Iraq. However, in BillO's mind it was no big thing because Bush felt it justified. Unbelievable. Scotty was unflappable.