If the MSM told the truth about Joe Wilson’s dishonesty as often as it mispresents Karl Rove’s role in (what Best of the Web’s James Taranto calls) the “Valerie Plame kerfuffle, the American people might have a better opinion of the president’s top political aide and a lesser one of that dishonest, but media-savvy, Democrat.
In an article today on Rove, the man the president calls the “architect” of his 2004 re-election victory, reporters Susan Page, David Jackson and Richard Benedetto get the facts wrong when they write:
The grand jury Fitzgerald impaneled heard evidence that Rove had mentioned the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame in conversations with at least two reporters, including columnist Robert Novak, but the prosecutor decided against charging Rove with breaking the law by disclosing her name or lying in testimony about it.
Perhaps they grand jury did hear evidence that Rove mentioned Ms. Plame’s name. But, Rove himself never actually mentioned her name.
This Washington Post headline says its all Rove Told Reporter of Plame’s Role But Didn’t Name Her. The presidential aide merely told Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper that it was “Wilson’s wife, who apparently works at the agency on [weapons of mass destruction] issues who authorized the trip.”
Rove only had one other conversation (with someone from the media) on the topic. When columnist Robert Novak “said he had learned that Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA,” Rove replied, “I heard that, too.“
Karl Rove never mentioned Valerie Plame’s name to reporters. It’s too bad these USA Today reporters didn’t check their facts before publishing this piece.