Scott McLellan: Dancing Out The Door?
A White House correspondent, who asked not to be identified, predicts McClellan, who replaced Ari Fleischer as press secretary in summer 2003, will soon be leaving his post. "I'm expecting very big changes," the correspondent says.The story includes this quote from one White House Press Corps member:
But even if McClellan resigns, the White House will still need to offer a public accounting of the circumstances that led to the October 7, 2003, briefing where McClellan said Rove and Libby "were not involved" in the leak.
Without a full explanation, McClellan's successor could face a similar credibility gap. "I hope the credibility is restored because the next person is going to be in a pretty tough position if [it's not]," Byars says. "They'll be responding to the same questions that Scott was responding to. Until a White House official comes out and restores that microphone's credibility, that job will always be responding to that question."
"For most of us, the answers are preordained. We could write the answers before we get them," she says. "It's a ballet. It's a dance."Says a lot about the state of journalism, and the state of US politics, doesn't it?