Monday, July 18, 2005

The MSM Got It Right For Once, Then Gets It Wrong Again

I caught this piece on the Rove/Plame issue off of RealClearPolitics, and found it enlightening. It links to the amicus brief in the case against filed by the media in the Judith Miller/Michael Cooper/Time case, which argues a number of things which the media itself is not arguing in its own reporting on the issue.

The brief is short and to the point. Read it. They argue that no crime was committed because there was no intent to expose Valerie Plame, the CIA didn't try to conceal her identity, as she could be seen traveling to and from her CIA desk job, and her identity as an agent had been leaked twice before. Once to the Soviets and again to the Cubans. More importantly, she had given political contributions under the name "Valerie E. Wilson". Her existence as an employee of the CIA was known.

So then why all this hubbub about firing Karl Rove if it seems that this whole matter is a non-issue to the media? If no crime was committed, that means that Rove benefits from the same facts, right? Wrong.

As I stated before, this is about a witch hunt, not answers. And the fact that Scooter Libby's name (Dick Cheney's chief of staff) has come into it, reflects the fact that the Dems and the media are again looking for Watergate. They want a head, any head, and they will do anything to get it. Already we have them calling it a national security issue, which is just about as ridiculous as it gets, and rather than improving their national security image, it makes them look all the more clueless on the issue. They want something to bring down the White House. They won't find it because they seem to think that the prosecutor is barking up the wrong tree.

The goal is to turn up the pressure on the White House so that the uninformed become enraged by the seriousness of the charges (no matter how false they may be), so that Bush is forced into firing Rove. It probably won't work out that way, but for having two faces in this story, the media should be ashamed.

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