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Mr. Bush said he was “surprised” that Mr. McClellan had written a book to criticize him because, he explained, “if you’re trying to communicate some criticism to me, a book is pretty much the last place you’d put it.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Stewart to McClellan: ‘You Talked About Fight Club’

Scott McClellan, the man voted least likely to spend his summer vacation at Bush’s Crawford ranch, paid a visit to “The Daily Show” on Monday night to revel in his newfound infamy among certain White House denizens—oh, and to promote some book he wrote called, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception.” Heard of it?

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A Tear for McClellan

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McClellan on 'Today'

Scott McClellan’s Disillusionment

Scott McClellan appeared on the “Today” show Thursday to discuss his memoir, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception,” and the “two defining moments” that caused him to become “increasingly dismayed and disillusioned ... with the way things were going in Washington, D.C.”

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


McClellan
defectiveyeti.com

Ex-Bushie: McClellan Is Right

As former White House press secretary Scott McClellan continues to catch major flak from Bush loyalists for “snitching” on Dubya and select presidential sidekicks in his new memoir, another erstwhile Bush aide, Mike Turk, has come out in support of McClellan’s fightin’ words in an interview with The Huffington Post.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Bush and McClellan
White House Photographers

Speak Now or Cash In Later

Scott McClellan takes the Bush administration to task in his new memoir, but he had quite a different tune when he was the president’s mouthpiece. Here’s what he had to say about Richard Clarke’s post-administration book: “Well, why, all of a sudden, if he had all these grave concerns, did he not raise these sooner?” Why, indeed, Scott?

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


McClellan and Bush
White House / Eric Draper

Ex-Press Secretary Throws Bush Under the Bus

Scott McClellan was one of George W. Bush’s most loyal aides, so it is surprising to learn that he savages the president and his administration in his new memoir. Among other bombshells, McClellan refers to the administration’s “propaganda campaign” to sell the war and accuses Karl Rove and Scooter Libby of meeting in secret during the Plamegate scandal in order to get their stories straight.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


Pat Tillman
terrorism.inreview.com

Pat and Mary Tillman Are Saluted in N.Y. Times

Four years after Pat Tillman’s death by friendly fire in Afghanistan, his mother, Mary Tillman, is still asking questions—primarily about the U.S. government’s initial cover-up of the details of Pat’s death and about how far up the chain of command the deception extended.  Here, New York Times sports writer George Vecsey praises Mary Tillman and her new memoir, “Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman.”

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


Yxta Maya Murray on ‘Love and Consequences’ Hoax

The author who reviewed Margaret Seltzer’s phony memoir for Truthdig responds to the hoax and answers the singular question raised by such a deception.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE



Truth or Consequences

We got snookered. Motoko Rich of The New York Times reports in her article posted March 4 that the just-published “memoir” by Margaret B. Jones, called “Love and Consequences,” about Jones’ “life as a half-white, half-Native American girl growing up in South-Central Los Angeles as a foster child among gang-bangers, running drugs for the Bloods,” is a fabrication.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


Regan
nytimes.com

Ex-Publisher Accuses News Corp. of Protecting Giuliani

Judith Regan, the HarperCollins publisher who was fired after her O.J. Simpson book project fell apart, has accused an unnamed executive from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. of telling her to lie to federal investigators in order to protect Rudy Giuliani.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


Curiosity Didn’t Kill This Cat

One of the 20th century’s greatest journalists, interviewers and storytellers is alive and working at age 95: Studs Terkel offers both the wisdom of age and keen insight into the issues of today.

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Valerie Plame Wilson

‘Daily Show’:  Valerie Plame Wilson’s Covert Bosom

Say what you want about the serious news function of satirical shows like “The Daily Show” in today’s treacherous media landscape, but only those, like Jon Stewart, operating in the Comedy Central orbit can get away with asking ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson if her breasts “are still working for the CIA.” 

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE


Valerie Plame
washingtontimes.com

Plame Tells Tale of Betrayal in New Memoir

In her new memoir, former CIA officer Valerie Plame tells of her shock as the Bush administration presented evidence in 2003 that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction—“I knew key parts of it were wrong,” she says—as well as her take on her outing as a CIA employee.

Posted on Oct 20, 2007 READ MORE


Greenspan Slams Team Bush in New Memoir

Alan Greenspan is no fan of the Bush administration or the once-dominant congressional Republicans.  In his new memoir, “The Age of Turbulence:  Adventures in a New World,” the former Federal Reserve chairman disparages the two groups for violating the GOP’s values on spending and small government. Updated

Posted on Sep 15, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Rumsfeld Cashing In With Iraq Memoir?

What’s a former secretary of defense to do now that he’s out of a job?  Well, the answer for Donald Rumsfeld is apparently to write a (controlled) memoir arguing in defense of his military maneuvers in Iraq—for a sweet chunk of change. 

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


Tenet’s Share of the Shame

While the natural human fascination with gossip and backbiting among our rulers guarantees media coverage and best-seller status for George Tenet’s new memoir, the former CIA director cannot achieve absolution in print or on television.

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


DeLay’s New Career: Comedian

Tom DeLay’s new self-obsessed memoir, “No Retreat, No Surrender,” turns out to be a hoot from start to finish. Take the title—this from a man who ended his disgraced career with a resignation.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Gore Vidal
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Gore Vidal: Living Through History

Iconic author and historian Gore Vidal speaks with Robert Scheer about his new memoir, “Point to Point Navigation,” and the events that shaped his life and his country, from war with Hitler to the “waking nightmare” of Iraq.

Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE


Growing Up With Gore Vidal

In this Truthdig exclusive excerpt from his just-released book, “Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir,” National Book Award-winning author Gore Vidal recounts Depression-era episodes of his life involving his grandfather T.P. Gore, the blind senator from Oklahoma, along with a political, economic and existential awakening that followed young Vidal’s viewing of “The Prince and the Pauper.”

  • Plus: Watch Vidal read a portion of this chapter

  • Posted on Nov 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Oprah and Frey
    From www.defamer.com

    Frey Won’t Pen Memoir About Faking His Memoir

    Fabulist James Frey says on an unaired segment of Oprah that he won’t seek to cash in on his lies. | story
    We applaud his promise. In the meantime, should we be surprised if his new book, “My Friend Leonard,” turns out to be ridden with mere “essential truths”?
    Also, see a clip of Frey’s Oprah appearance: video (Internet Explorer req’d)

    Posted on Jan 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Oprah and Frey
    From www.defamer.com

    Oprah Turns on Frey

    In a radical reversal, the talk show host drops her loyalty to Frey on live television and says he “betrayed millions of readers.” During an interview the author admits fictions and confesses that he “made a mistake.” | story

    Posted on Jan 25, 2006 READ MORE


    James Frey
    Robert Caplin for The New York Times

    Frey’s Rehab Chums Can’t Confirm Book Details

    Two real-life characters from James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces” can’t corroborate details about stories in his disputed memoir. | story
    Hey, if you can’t trust a drug addict…

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Frey Tale Was Debunked By Rehab Staffer Months Before Oprah Show

    A former counselor at James Frey’s rehab clinic told Oprah’s producers three months before the show that the memoir was full of B.S. | story
    Editor’s note: We feel confident of both the “essential” and actual truths of the above item.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Author James Frey appears on 'Larry King Live'
    Edward M. Pio Roda / AP/CNN

    Relatively Speaking, How Big a Liar Is Frey?

    The line between fact and fiction blurs more often in memoirs than we’d like to believe, as this article makes clear. | story
    Hey, that sounds like a perfect medium for a certain POTUS we know… browse the book

    Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Ron Kovic with his painting

    Photo Essay: Ron Kovic Today

    By Zuade Kaufman

    Ron Kovic, the author of “Born on the Fourth of July,” the classic personal memoir about the aftermath of the Vietnam War, remains a committed activist.

    icon: VideoPhoto Gallery

    Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


    James Frey Gets Spanked by Two NYT Columnists

    Kakutani and Haberman slam the “Million Little Pieces” fabulist for his B.S. spin attempt. | There seems to be no end to the number of potential headline puns stemming from “A Million Little…” 

    Posted on Jan 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Publisher to Add Author’s Note to ‘Little Pieces’

    The move comes in the wake of James Frey admitting fabrications in his book. | story
    Earlier: Publisher Nan Talese spars with her husband, author Gay Talese, over the issue of falsehoods in memoirs. | story

    Posted on Jan 13, 2006 READ MORE


    The Bestselling Fake True Story

    Memoirist-fraud James Frey brings out the big gun on “Larry King Live.”

    Posted on Jan 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Author’s Fabrications Spark Debate Over Memoirs

    Nan Talese, the publisher of admitted embellisher James Frey, spars with her husband, author Gay Talese, over the issue of falsehoods in memoirs. | story

    Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘Smoking Gun’ Shoots Holes in Bestseller

    James Frey’s addiction memoir “A Million Little Pieces” is riddled with falsehoods, says muckraking website. | story

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


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