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 I knew this would happen.  On this week when most of America sits down to a bounteous turkey dinner, some chickens have started coming home to roost.  And the taste is tender and juicy indeed. Months ago, mid-gossip, I wrote on one of my favorite progressive political blog/chat sites that I thought we should all be keeping our eyes peeled for the "I Didn't Do It" books.  Years ago, my husband spotted a letter printed in a friend's coin collector's tipsheet from a longtime dealer who was washing his hands in public against a scandal that was just breaking in the gold coin market.  Basically, as my husband termed it, it was an "I Didn't Do It" letter.  As in - "I had nothing to do with the scheming, scamming, corner-cutting, price-fixing, insider-trading, shady market manipulations and other odiferous dealings that you're going to start hearing about (and traced directly back to the letter-writer's company)."  The scandal erupted all over the coin-collecting world, and soon led to the even more horrific revelation that the letter-writer subsequently decided the only way to beat the rap was to take his own life. We may not see that most-dreadful kind of outcome here, but we are starting to see the 21st Century version of the "I Didn't Do It" letter - in the form of "I Didn't Do It" books.  So far, these memoirs and other confessionals appear to be organizing themselves into such sub-headings as "They Made Me Lie," and/or "They Tried to Make Me Lie." As of this writing, word has just begun breaking about former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's upcoming book, "What Happened," that's due to be released in April, along with the following excruciatingly delicious excerpted teaser. "The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.  "There was one problem.  It was not true. "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."  <a href=" " target="_new">

 

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Mary Lyon is a veteran broadcaster ad five-time Golden Mike Award winner, who has anchored, reported, and written for the Associated Press Radio Network, NBC Radio "The Source," and many Los Angeles-area stations including KRTH-FM/AM, (more...)
 

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