Bye, bye McClellan?

It's never a good sign for a White House spokesman when reporters start slamming your performance -- on the record and for attribution. This PR Week article -- rife with predictions of Scotty's imminent departure -- offers up this stinging assessment of his relationship with the press:

But Deborah Mathis, a nationally syndicated columnist and former White House correspondent for Gannett News Service, says that many reporters who cover the President no longer trust McClellan.
"[When reporters] come up to him after a press briefing, pat him on the back, and say, 'Hey Scott,' they do that because they still need him. He should not mistake that for respect," Mathis says. "Behind the scenes, they still need a relationship with him, and he shouldn't confuse the two."
As those Sex and the City folks would put it, they're just not that into you, babe.

Especially Mathis who rounds out her assessment of McClellan with this stinger: "I've been through a lot of press secretaries .. There are some really good ones out there. There are some average ones out there. And there are a few who have no business there. And I would put Scott in that last category."

Beam yourself up, Scotty. Now. [LINK via Romenesko]

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