Fleischer and McClellan Books Get Vastly Different Press
Newsbusters’ Rich Noyes observes that the mass media seems much more excited by Scott McClellan’s new book trashing the Bush Administration than it did with predecessor Ari Fleischer’s book which had mostly good things to say about his former boss.
Perhaps not surprisingly, then, while McClellan’s yet-to-be-officially-published book has already become the liberal media’s favorite story of the day, a Nexis search shows that Fleischer’s memoir generated virtually no broadcast or cable news coverage, and no front-page coverage in the nation’s newspapers.
While I’m too lazy to look up the details, I seem to recall the press being more excited by memoirs by former Clinton officials, like Robert Reich and George Stephanopoulos, who said negative things about the administration, than books that were laudatory; indeed, while I presume there were books in that latter category, I can’t recall any off the top of my head. This is the difference between “man bites dog” and “dog bites man,” methinks.