Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Stewart Tackles Rove-Plame Story With Priceless Quip

Jon Stewart, on the media's blistering July 11 questioning of White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan on speculation that Karl Rove had leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.

"We've secretly replaced the White House press corps with actual journalists."



Blogger Michael said...

No prizes for predicting this one: The latest talking-points strategy is that "little wifey" Plame is actually at fault here, and that Rove "should get a medal" if he outed a covert CIA operative during wartime. Party mouthpiece Gibson explains why: Because Wilson "opposed the war in Iraq, opposed Bush policy and pointedly and repeatedly said so."

Party before country. That's what Republicans stand for.

3:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“If anyone in this administration was involved in [leaking the CIA operative’s identity], they would no longer be in this administration… The president knows [Rove] wasn’t involved… It’s simply not true.”
– McClellan, Sept. 30, 2003

Now the White House is stalling for time while the zombie brigade on the right tries out a few different strategies to see which one will make America forget. What next? Will someone claim the email from Cooper is a forgery because of the typeface?

Fox "News" has officially become a parody of itself.

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No surprise they are going after the victim. By the way it looks like a second front has opened up with Rove's lawyer spinning it to be Cooper who is the bad guy now. Beyond disgusting, and so f**kin' typical!

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's even more disgusting to see and hear the media lend credibility to these ridiculous bullsh-- counter-claims in order to either appear fair and impartial, or throw a bone to the Right.
Either way, it distorts the truth for the average-minded American, and the Right wins anyway.
Let's hope the truth ultimately prevails.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found this piece on the web this morning that cuts through all the Right spin bullshit and explains why, in a very non-partison way, this Rove story is important:
"In this complex scandal there's really only one thing to keep in mind: Karl Rove endangered America."
For one, the story notes that the three CIA agents, Larry Johnson, Michael Grimaldi and Brent Cavan who demanded an investigation into which parties in the White House outed Plame, were all Republicans.

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And just as interesting, we have from Rawstory a copy of the official GOP talking points memo from yesterday on how the Right should respond the Rove story.


8:43 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Gotta love those talking-points. Its just too bad they can't program the republibots directly into the little chip in the back of their brains. My favorite damning accusation is that "Wilson supported the Kerry campaign"! Oh no! Not that! Sic the Roving Pithog and Count Dickula on him! Priceless!

I can only presume they have more people who supported Kerry on their list of dirty tricks targets. Look out David, you might be next!

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anthony Patch said...

Just another example of the lack of accountability in our Government. I mean, nobody even lost their job after 9/11. What a joke. George Tenent was allowed to resign, wearing a pink tie and crying no less, with the blood of 9/11 still on his hands. Sandy Berger got caught red-handed stealing top secret documents and he got a pass. Rove is going to walk and there's not a damn thing anybody's going to do about it.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be precise, Anthony, George Tennet was allowed to resign and then was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for doing such a great job.

Only people who disagree with Bush are actually punished.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Berger was a Clinton official, not a Bush official.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though Berger was under investigation during the Bush administration Anthony didn't claim he was from any particular administration. His comment was regarding "lack of accountability in our Government" which I took to mean government in general.

1:03 PM  
Blogger The Misanthrope said...

Look for Rove to receive some sort of medal since he has already got his promotion.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

That was the other joke on the Daily Show last night. Stewart asked Stephen Colbert what punishment Rove would get, and Colbert started talking about what "honor" he would get.

I'm paraphrasing, but essentially, Colbert said: George "Slam Dunk" Tenet got the Medal of Freedom, Condi Rice ignores the August 6 memo and gets bumped up to Secretary of State, so how does Chief Justice Karl Rove sound ...

5:10 PM  
Blogger Scott C. Smith said...

No, wait, Karl was just talking to a reporter about welfare reform! He did nothing wrong! Joe Wilson's wife just came up naturally in the conversation. Besides, Karl didn't break the law, he never mentioned Valerie Plame by name!

It's fun watching the right-wing spin on this as they desperately attempt to create a reality where Rove didn't do anything wrong (never mind that Scott McClellan said in 2003 that it was "ridiculous" to suggest Rove was involved).

The intellectual dishonesty of conservatives is breathtaking.

1:25 AM  

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