Spin it to make Bush look bad.
In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, McClellan recounts the 2003 news conference in which he told reporters that aides Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby were "not involved" in the leak involving operative Valerie Plame.
"There was one problem. It was not true," McClellan writes, according to a brief excerpt released Tuesday. "I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff and the president himself."
First of all, Rove was never implicated in any of the leak case. And while Libby leaked, there was never any evidence that it was a coordinated effort on behalf of the White House to discredit Plame or Wilson.
Secondly, the real leak to Novak, which started the whole thing, was a by a democratic sympathizer and local big mouth Richard Armitage.
Third, this article is implying that Bush, Cheney et al told McClellan to go out and spread falsehoods. But he used the word "unknowingly". Isn't it possible that Bush and Cheney told him that the White House didn't know anything because they, in fact, didn't?
Another reason to distrust the media.