Thursday, July 13, 2006

MSM still doesn't get it - even when it's spelled out for them

Robert Novak was recently cleared to publish his account of the Plamegate affair and his account was published yesterdaty on July 12th.

In his account he reveals/confirms some new information. First is that he found out about Wilsons wife from a still unnamed source and that he actually got Plames name from Joe Wilsons entry in Who's Who. Rove confirmed what Novak had found as did Bill Harlow of the CIA.

Since the piece was published Novak has appeared on Fox with Brit Hume and on Hannity and Colmes.

During these appearances the following came out:

The unnamed source disclosed the information inadvertantly and it came up during a discussion of the Niger yellowcake situation.

Novak, himself doesn't believe that the disclosure was a conscious decision.

Nobody in the administration was pushing the information to Novak, now did anyone in the administration say anytyhing critical of Wilson.

Novak's discussion of Valerie Plame with Rove lasted about 20 seconds and consisted of Novak saying he heard Wilson's wife worked at the CIA and played a role in Wilson getting the mission and Rove replying "Oh, you know that, too?"

With all of these revelations you'd think the press could zero in on the three things tha treally seemed to stand out in this story

1. Novak's original source is still unnamed.
2. Valerie Plame was named in Joe Wilson's entry in Who's Who
3. Rove did not inform Novak of the story and his confirmation was nothing extraordinary.

The MSM however doesn't see the need to reveal most of this.

WaPo
USA Today
The Nation
The Seattle Times

Each of these "newspapers" makes no reference to Who's Who. A couple of them continue with the canard that Rove or the White House was the source, and all of them focus on the involvement of Rove and continue under the incorrect assumption that Plames identity was a secret.

With papers like these it's a wonder that all of America doesn't vote for the Democrats. Although, I guess that is their ultimate goal...

11 comments:

BigNewsDay said...

With papers like these it's a wonder that all of America doesn't vote for the Democrats. Although, I guess that is their ultimate goal...

One can only hope?

Just remember that the MSM that every one keeps referring to is the corporate owned media. Their objective is not to inform people of what is going on in the world, but to make a profit. What kind of news do you think sells in this tabloid culture we currently live in?

Osgiliath said...

Based on recent stories I'd have to say classified national secrets are good stories. Basicallyt anything that panders to the Democrats and/or aids terror cells.

BigNewsDay said...

Of course they are good stories. That's why they are reported. If the Executive branch were a lottle more selective as to who they hire, all of these secrets would not be released.

Osgiliath said...

If the Executive branch were a lottle more selective as to who they hire, all of these secrets would not be released.

Most of these leaks are coming from personnel who are not appointed by the Executive branch, they go through a fairly normal interview process (all things considered).

I'd also argue that if the newspapers were not such partisan hacks that many of these stories wouldn't have been published.

Just looking at the history of the stories they haven't run concerning the Dems over the years and the ones that they lock onto concerning the Repubs it's njot difficult to spot a trend...

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crallspace said...

***I'd also argue that if the newspapers were not such partisan hacks that many of these stories wouldn't have been published.****

Yes, reporting the truth (even if uncomplementary to a criminal ruling party) makes the newspapers "partisan." The media's job should be to report the truth, not leave out the vital details and facts just because they will not be good stories for the administration.

Then again, with news sources like Fox, it's the American media money machine--- report in the political fashion your audience wants and reaffirm their beliefs... leave the inconvenient facts for someone else.

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