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MSM–Still Misrepresenting Rove’s role in Plame Kerfuffle

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:42 pm - August 21, 2006.
Filed under: Media Bias

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.



  1. YAWN……!!!!!!

    Are you so scared to deal with Repub. or neo-stuff?


    Comment by monty — August 21, 2006 @ 9:16 pm - August 21, 2006

  2. lovely…treason committed by supposed patriotic republicans and you label it a kerfuffle. whew, I’m glad none of you are constrained by the memory of watergate.

    Comment by Kevin — August 21, 2006 @ 11:08 pm - August 21, 2006

  3. If you want to bring up Watergate, Kevin, let me remind you that at least Nixon had the decency to resign prior to the article of impeachment coming out of committee (obstruction of justice).

    YOUR guy, on the other hand, had THREE (count ’em 3) articles come out of committee and instead led the country through his own quagmire of deceit and deception. So if we’re going to go back 30-odd years to Watergate, let’s just remember what happened 8 years ago when the DemonRats slit their own throats to justify their president’s excesses.

    If Slick Willie had had half the decency of Nixon and had resigned, Gore would have been reelected as president in 2000 and MAYBE you guys would have been more happy in the last 6 years as a result.

    Of course, one wonders why Clinton didn’t step aside for Gore…could it be that he realized that Al couldn’t lead a movement, much less a country? It’s worth speculation…

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — August 21, 2006 @ 11:48 pm - August 21, 2006

  4. What evidence do you have of treason? A scrupulous prosecutor thoroughly investigated the issue and filed no charges against Rove, indeed, filed no charges for the underlying offense. In the Plame kerfuffle, no one committed treason. Yet, so convinced are you that the President and his aides are crooks that you disregard the facts — and investigations — that get in the way of the conclusions you reached without any evidence to buttress you case.

    It seems that when an investigation doesn’t yield the results you want, you and others on the left act as if it were never conducted.

    And you don’t even address the point of the post — that USA Today got the facts wrong in the passage quoted above.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — August 22, 2006 @ 12:22 am - August 22, 2006

  5. Dan, there is no evidence of treason on the part of Rove. Kevin is just trying to bait you and others. Like with the Osama taunt, or the ChickenHawk taunt, or the DowningStMemo taunt, or the WMDs taunt, or the draft taunt… truth and facts will not deter spin. Have you not noticed the effect Kerry or Dean or Kennedy or Pelosi or Reid can have on public opinion? “Truth be damned, full spin ahead” said the commanders of the ComeHomeAmerica Democrats.

    Rove ought to be on every talk show reminding how the Democrats have practiced the politics of character assasination and inuendo for the last 6 years and he’s still standing and ask the Democrats to come up out of the gutter and get serious about American security, international threats, and working to rid the Free World of Islamo-fascist terrorists.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — August 22, 2006 @ 10:48 am - August 22, 2006

  6. 3) I don’t think decency and Nixon really go together. he got out while the getting was good and Ford pardoned him. He escaped any criminal culpability in his efforts to bring down the US government. Do you think the Saturday Night Massacre was an exercise in decency? ordering the wriretapping of political opponents? they should have fried him in the senate. You make it sound as if everything he did was OK because it was done in secret. Decency is something you carry with you through your life, not something to be pulled out once in a while for convenience.

    and let’s see…Ken Starr found nothing (*nothing*) to substantiate the claims of whitewater, yet what was Clinton convicted of? lying about a sexual relationship? So, I take it that you believe all elected officials should pass the litmus test of marital/sexual fidelity – those halls of congress might look pretty empty. Let’s put George Bush and his father through this and see how they come up. Oh, and let’s not forget this was fueled by that vindictive cow, Linda Tripp who had a major personal axe to grind and used lewinsky to those ends.

    You’re so wrapped up in semantics over “karl rove didn’t mention valerie plame by name”. hmmmm. that ranks right up there with “I’m referring to a man who’s married to Laura Bush and currently resides and works from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC” and expect that no one will know who you’re talking about. gimmee a break

    Comment by Kevin — August 22, 2006 @ 11:20 pm - August 22, 2006

  7. Kevin, the point of this post is that USA Today got the facts wrong. And they did. An extensive investigation revealed that Karl Rove never mentioned here name.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — August 23, 2006 @ 2:11 am - August 23, 2006

  8. 7) That’s entirely correct, but I stand by my statement: Although he didn’t say “valerie plame” directly, he referred to “Wilson’s wife” on more than one ocassion. And how about Rove calling Chris Matthews and telling him that “Wilson’s wife was full game”? not naming her by name, but his intention was perfectly clear: get her name out in public as political retribution for Wilson not going along with Bush’s fictional reasons for going to war in Iraq.

    Comment by Kevin — August 23, 2006 @ 6:07 am - August 23, 2006

  9. I’d never heard the story about Rove calling Matthews. If you can provide a link to that, I would appreciate it. And the source must be to a reputable news source. Until you provide such a link, I will continue to doubt your story.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — August 23, 2006 @ 12:58 pm - August 23, 2006

  10. Dan,

    if Kevin is going to respond with a cite it’ll have to be from the DailyKos, ThinkProgress, DemocracyNow, LeftCoaster, TruthOut, MyDD, DemocratUnderground, RawStory, Crooks&Liars or some other YellowBlog. This is a myth, operating as a rumor, in seach of any facts.

    Here’s the drill: Newsweek reported, via Joe Wilson, that Chris Matthews was called by Karl Rove and Rove is alleged to have told Matthews –and this is Joe Wilson’s read of it– “Wilson’s wife is fair game.” Time mag had a similar “story” on their Online version but was pulled by editors when Time editors questioned the veracity of the “story”.

    BTW, Wilson has never admitted that it was Chris Matthews who called him. That was the speculation of the media and YellowBlogs… then the rumor gets reprinted as fact in Newsweek and the WaPo and, briefly, Time.

    Chris Matthews has not admitted saying that, either. In fact, the radical LeftWing YellowBlogs indicted Chris Matthews and Tim Russert –even took away their lifetime “Liberal” cards– for not assisting in the effort to advance the story about mean ol’ Rove. I thought GayLefties were vicious to gay conservatives; hey, we’ve got a cake walk compared to how they treat their own who don’t carry the Party waterbucket. Hmmmm

    I love journalistic ethics; it is an oxymoron. Opinion to rumor to fact to blog fodder.

    Nice try, Kevin. You gotta do better than just read the headlines of the YellowBlogs.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — August 24, 2006 @ 10:46 am - August 24, 2006

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