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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

No, They Don't Have Any Shame

From today's WSJ, by way of a release sent out by the RNC (rncresearch@gop.com), proving once again that "tenuous" would be an overstatment as to their connection to reality, honesty, etc. Keep in mind one question while you read this pap: if there was nothing wrong with what Karl Rove did -- indeed, if he's a heroic "whistleblower" -- why did he lie, dissemble, and mislead for so long? Indeed, why did it take the revelation of confidential sourcing documents to prove that he's (one of) the leaker(s)? Hell, why doesn't he take the suggestion of the NYT ed page and just hold a press conference to tell us all that he's as proud of himself as the WSJ is of him?
Karl Rove, Whistleblower
From The Wall Street Journal

Review & Outlook
July 13, 2005

Democrats and most of the Beltway press corps are baying for Karl Rove's head over his role in exposing a case of CIA nepotism involving Joe Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame. On the contrary, we'd say the White House political guru deserves a prize--perhaps the next iteration of the "Truth-Telling" award that The Nation magazine bestowed upon Mr. Wilson before the Senate Intelligence Committee exposed him as a fraud.

For Mr. Rove is turning out to be the real "whistleblower" in this whole sorry pseudo-scandal. He's the one who warned Time's Matthew Cooper and other reporters to be wary of Mr. Wilson's credibility. He's the one who told the press the truth that Mr. Wilson had been recommended for the CIA consulting gig by his wife, not by Vice President Dick Cheney as Mr. Wilson was asserting on the airwaves. In short, Mr. Rove provided important background so Americans could understand that Mr. Wilson wasn't a whistleblower but was a partisan trying to discredit the Iraq War in an election campaign. Thank you, Mr. Rove.

Media chants aside, there's no evidence that Mr. Rove broke any laws in telling reporters that Ms. Plame may have played a role in her husband's selection for a 2002 mission to investigate reports that Iraq was seeking uranium ore in Niger... But it appears Mr. Rove didn't even know Ms. Plame's name and had only heard about her work at Langley from other journalists.

On the "no underlying crime" point, moreover, no less than the New York Times and Washington Post now agree. So do the 36 major news organizations that filed a legal brief in March aimed at keeping Mr. Cooper and the New York Times's Judith Miller out of jail....

In short, Joe Wilson hadn't told the truth about what he'd discovered in Africa, how he'd discovered it, what he'd told the CIA about it, or even why he was sent on the mission. The media and the Kerry campaign promptly abandoned him, though the former never did give as much prominence to his debunking as they did to his original accusations. But if anyone can remember another public figure so entirely and thoroughly discredited, let us know.

If there's any scandal at all here, it is that this entire episode has been allowed to waste so much government time and media attention, not to mention inspire a "special counsel" probe.
Ed. Note: This text was emailed to me by via a MSM recipient of the RNC's "research", and the WSJ is subscription-only, so I can't confirm what if anything the RNC has snipped (aside from reality).

Update: Here's a link to the full article. Gotta love this delusion of a conclusion:
As for the press corps, rather than calling for Mr. Rove to be fired, they ought to be grateful to him for telling the truth.


Blogger strategery4 said...

One thing that's really starting to bug me is that the MSM is getting very sloppy about exactly what Rove accused Plame of doing. Cooper's e-mail makes it clear (well, if Cooper's account is accurate) that Rove said she "authorized" her husband's trip -- not suggested, not pushed for, but actually authorized. Today's NY Times story basically has it correct but the editorial says that Rove only claimed Wilson was sent "at the suggestion of his wife."

What's the difference? I believe it's possible that Plame suggested her husband, though her account that she merely relayed the request from the Admin to him is much more credible. But there's just no fucking way she could have authorized the trip -- she's in no position to do so, and that's not the way gov't sponsored travel works. To me that shows (or supports the contention) they were trying to sleaze Wilson. Why they think it does I don't understand -- even if it was nepotism how does that undermine the substance of the charges? But apparently they think it makes Wilson look like a pussy.

7/13/2005 3:39 PM  

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