Monday, July 04, 2005

Fair and Balanced? Four Days Later, Fox News Hasn't Reported on Rove

Is Fox News Channel providing viewers with facts, and letting them decide?

A search of the network's website this afternoon finds no references to a story that has appeared just about everywhere else over the last four days: that there is growing speculation White House chief political advisor Karl Rove in July 2003 leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to reporters.

Federal law makes it a crime to deliberately reveal the identity of a CIA operative. Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, said that while Rove did speak with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, he did not reveal Plame's name to Cooper or other reporters.

What is Fox News waiting for?

The most recent story on the Fox News website was "Journalists Hope Court Takes Up Plame Case," filed on June 26. The story is about the U.S. Supreme Court debating whether to take on appeals filed on behalf of Cooper and Times report Judith Miller. (On June 27, the court announced it refused to hear the appeals.)


Funny note: If you type in Rove Plame into the Fox News search engine, it asks: Did you mean: rove lame?

You can't make this stuff up ...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just what you would expect from FOX.

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:04 PM  
Anonymous Jack Ballinger said...

It's even worse than you might think. The NY Times, still pointed to by the Bushies as a Liberal icon (???), has not printed a word on the Rove story either.
I mentioned this here
Jack Ballinger

4:18 PM  
Anonymous redwine said...

It does not take a brain surgeon to believe that Karl Rove was behind the leak to the media re: Valerie Plame...he and the other assholes in the WH did not like Joe Wilson calling their bluff on the yellow cake in Niger...nothing to it said Joe and here came Rove and his band of liars outing a CIA agent which is against federal is hoping that Rove gets a lenghthy prison term...that is if the Republicans can see their way to honesty and the American Way....

4:42 PM  
Blogger granny said...

We all worked very hard to get any mention of the Downing Street Memos in the news and we haven't let up on Plame or torture, either.

Have you noticed that we have been repeatedly smacked down regardless of the strength of our case orthe moral imperatives involved?

It's high time we get out in front of this trend.

I think the way to do this is by bringing this to the forefront right now.

I've summarized it here:

"Disrupt, Corrupt or Usurp Adversarial... Decision-Making."

Critisism, questioning and debate are now defined as "adversarial"

5:25 PM  
Blogger granny said...

oops, my summary is here:

5:28 PM  
Blogger Brother Kenya said...

Patience, patience. I have a sneaky feeling that this thing will be too big to ignore in a couple of weeks. Judith will have been sentenced, and the whistle on that boiling kettle will be shrill.

8:10 PM  
Blogger raginblue6 said...

Funny how it is always some really stupid, vengeance thing that brings down Rethugs; a third rate breaking-and-entering and now this.

Treason-gate (aks Plame-gate) is going to involve more than just Rove, though that alone would be enough for me to dance in the streets. This somehow involves Bolton as well.

10:04 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

That search engine question ("rove lame") is priceless. You can't make that sh-t up.

I think Rove will wind up plea bargaining to a lesser charge of perjury -- perhaps with no jail time.

Then, in keeping with Bush Administration tradition, he'll either be promoted, given a Medal of Freedom, or both.

12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon cutiepie, you don't think for all Karl Rove has done for this country, he deserves the medal of freedom. Karl Rove has fought tirelessly for freedom in this country and his heroic efforts paid off last November when 51% of our population shook off the chains of knowledge and embraced Karls philosophy that true freedom includes the freedom of not having to think at all.

4:32 AM  
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4:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally think that the only way that Rove should be able to plea down is if he can undoubtedly give up a bigger fish, which could only be Cheney or Bush himself, but CBS hasn't done a thing on this either, so they're as bad as Fox News, in my opinion.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

If my theory is correct Karl will simply disappear in ball of flames and then fade out amid a long evil laugh, if he is ever confronted with having to be held accountable for anything.

Either that or he'll break down and start simpering like a little schoolgirl and beg for forgiveness.

I might be wrong.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

I don't see Rove going away quietly.

My question: Will the media tackle the fine line that Rove's lawyer appears to be drawing -- the "not mentioning Plame's name directly" sentence?

Think about it. Rove says to Cooper, "I can't tell you this directly, but you might want to ask around about Wilson's wife."

Cooper (or Miller, or Novak) asks, "Why?"

Rove says: "All I can tell you is that you should ask around. And realize that Joseph #$@$%%@ Wilson wouldn't have gone to Africa if not for a recommendation from his wife, who oh by the way is a CIA operative."

See, you don't have to mention Plame's NAME in order to get a reporter looking in that direction.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rove will absolutely NOT go down quietly - if at all. He doesn't just know where all the bodies are buried - he dug the holes and threw the bodies in. My guess is they will delay the investigation as much as possible (to get past the mid-term elections) and then he will get a presidential pardon.
Fox News will then commend Bush for "putting an end to this ugly matter and moving the country forward with bold leadership"

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox News will then commend Bush for "putting an end to this ugly matter and moving the country forward with bold leadership" >>

'this ugly matter, driven by the crowd -- a bunch of liberal anti-American hate-mongers'

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, will the new spin be that it's "unamerican" to investigate Rove during war-time?

Hey, maybe we can get Ken Starr to do the job!

3:46 PM  
Anonymous joe said...

Side note on Ken Starr. Did anyone see today's Daily Howler, referring to how Ruth Bader Ginsburg worked/sided with Starr prior to her appointment as a Supreme Court Justice.

Kind of flies in the face of the conservative mythmakers, who make it out like she's bought and sold by the ACLU.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Corn today posted this:

Rove's lawyer stated that Rove did not "knowingly" disclose classified information. Does this mean he "unknowingly" revealed such information? The distinction is important because the Intelligence Identities Protection Act essentially says that for a crime to have been committed the offender must have realized that he or she was disclosing top-secret information. (Otherwise someone could be prosecuted for making an honest mistake.)

5:57 PM  
Blogger Mike Mavroidis said...

Karl Rove and the Bush administration are famous for making highly misleading statements, without telling outright lies. Here we have Rove's attorney saying that he did not give Valerie Plame's "name" to reporters. Note that statement would still technically be true if he leaked the fact that "Joe Wilson's wife" was a CIA operative working on proliferation of WMD intelligence, as long as he didn't give her name. With that information anyone who could determine that Valerie Plame was Joe Wilson's wife, a fact that is probably on the public record, would know the whole story. Could this be what is going on here.

7:00 PM  
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12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in Bangkok listening to CNN & CNBC - no mention of the Downing Street Memos. One old soldier retired here scoffed to me that the memos are a fake.

2:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the old soldier: ignorance and stupidity are bliss.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't miss the point here, We need to do our best to show the public how this ties into the downingstreetmemos and the rush to war.
That will get their attention.

12:01 AM  

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