Tuesday, July 05, 2005

White House Press Corps Fails To Ask About Rove

Explain this: Why didn't the White House Press Corps ask Scott McClellan about the growing speculation that Karl Rove in July 2003 leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to reporters?

In a July 5 press conference aboard Air Force One in En Route Kastrup, Denmark -- the first since MSNBC senior political analyst Lawrence O'Donnell threw down the gauntlet that he knew Rove was the source of the leak -- the only question mentioning Rove today regarded whether President Bush would rely on his chief political advisor and deputy chief of staff in deciding who to nominate to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

So it's fair to say that the press corps remain aware of Rove's existence.

The obvious question about Rove got an obvious answer from McClellan -- yes, he is "very involved" in Bush's search for a new justice. Is it possible the press corps didn't bother asking about the Plame leak story, because it knew McClellan would refuse to answer, or simply repeat what Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin has already said.

Or is it that McClellan made it clear, before the questions began, that the subject was off-limits?


July 6 update: Another day, another blank stare from the White House press corps. No questions about Rove at today's abbreviated -- 11 minutes -- press conference with McClellan.


Blogger Sandi said...

Just like any other press conference that involves this administration. Here is your list of questions, and when I frown that means you did not follow the script and will not be in the next pool of 'journalists'.
Makes me sick!

12:35 AM  
Blogger OTTMANN said...

Speculation is all democrats ever have. Yet they continually jump to conclusions before checking the facts or looking in their own closet.

Just heard today that Nancy Pelosi along with many other dems screwed up royally in going after Tom DeLay about his travels. Old plastic face Pelosi didn't report her travels funded by private companies for over 7 years! She's HISTORY!

Gawd democraps are stupid!

1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the above blogger: How is Rove's possible involvement in a federal treasonous crime of leaking the name of a CIA operative related to the DeLay mess? Typical Republican response, when you don't like the argument change the facts or change the argument.
We can expect more of this from the Republicans as more info about Rove's alleged crimes come to light. It's all they got.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ottmann, I agree totally. It's nice to hear another rational point of view on what has become a blogg dominated by radical and always comical left-wingers. Please keep chimming in.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not like it's a secret that this blog is against Bush spin.

If you want a blog that is against Democrats' spin, go there. But don't be surprised that a clearly labeled blog does what it intends.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

"Old plastic face Pelosi ..."

Yes, that's rational. And mature, too.

What Ottmann doesn't say is that about 150 members of Congress have failed to report various travel expenses paid for by lobbyists or other private concerns. What he also doesn't point out is that most of these have since been rectified, and that in most cases, the amount of travel value was minimal. What he also doesn't say is that DeLay's fellow Republicans, on the House Ethics Committee, have highlighted DeLay's long list of abuses, and cavalier attitude toward House rules.

What separates DeLay from most of these other members of Congress is the size of the transgression, and the lack of humility.

But why get caught up in the details, right Ottmann?

12:24 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Why such a hater, Ottmann? Come on, deep down inside you know that what Pelosi does is not an excuse for DeLay, now, don't you... yes, that's right, put the KoolAid down. Feel better now Ottmann?

I'm guessing you aren't a "democrap" eh? Hee, hee. Would that make you a repoopoocan? A repricklican? A repeniscan? Maybe?

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting point made by only one of the bloggers above.....that this is a site only to discuss Bush/republican BS or spin or whatever you want to call it. And to go elsewhere for democratic spin. hmmm....this is exactly what is wrong with the american political system today and blogs contribute to it. everyone preaches to their own choir, thinking it some form of achievement to convince those who need no such thing. until blogs like these discuss both sides to issues, rather than only focusing on one, it seems rather pathetic that such blogs actually criticize the media for the same thing.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

There's a difference between reasoned debate (which seems to be welcomed here, as in most other "liberal" blogs), and non-reasoned, hateful, name-calling debate--which is what Ottmann took part in. ("Gawd, democraps are stupid!")

Most high school debate classes teach that ad hominem attacks showcase a weakness in the debater, whether it be style, or material. Either way, if you have to resort to namecalling or info-switching to make your point (instead of offering reasoned counter-arguments), then what's the real point of the discussion?

9:57 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

Agreed, Tracey.

This blog has a purpose -- clearly stated -- and it lives up to that. Why should it artificially try to be something it's not?

The theorem is that the media is missing the boat and lazily repeating conservative spin. A second issue is the Bush Administration's Orwellian way of dealing with issues, and their manipulation of the media (paid journalists, undocumented video news releases, Jeff Gannon, etc.)

The examples JABBS writes about are well-documented and attributed. He doesn't make unsubstantiated claims. He quotes Bush, Cheney, Frist, etc.

I'm guessing that the conservative critics of this blog don't go to Little Green Footballs or Instapundit or some Dittohead site and say they are being unfair by always picking on Democrats and liberals, right?

The point is, this is a free exchange of ideas. Maybe we'll all learn something -- and if not, we'll go elsewhere to satisfy our hunger for knowledge. That goes for liberals and conservatives.

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they are not reporting on it because it is pure unadulterated speculation ?

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of their newspapers are reporting on it. That has nothing to do with the White House press corps asking about it.

It will remain speculation until reporters do their jobs and report the facts.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The facts are boring. Next story, please.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is so wrong with thic country is the partisan hackery. I don't think rove should be frog marched out of the white house because he is republican--i want him out of there because he betrayed the country--and i find it dishonest for the likes of ottmann to act like nothing happened. I don't know who leaked what--but the admin that he loves so much certainly could find out. So yes all we have is speculation, but shouldn't you ask yourself why we can't find the truth--the people involved are still alive--this is not some 300 year old mystery--someone ratted out a covert CIA operative for political purposes--Ottmann--as an American doesn't that bother you--or are you right winger first, american second. Somehow I imagine if this was the clinton white house you would be singing a different tune--whereas I believe the "liberals" on this site we be calling for his head also. We don't dislike Bush because he is repub--we dislike him because he is an awful president doing harm to the nation for his own and his friends benefit.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, they make it soo easy to pick out the morons who don't know shit.
Just look for the attacks and hate speech, they have NOTHING else!

They know that things are spiraling out of control, so they fall back on their only defense, name calling.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A prior poster states that they do not know who leaked what, and in the same post, asserts that Rove has betrayed his country. Those do not seem to square with each other.

President Bush is doing harm to this nation for his own benefit? Please expound on this notion ...

12:30 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Anonymous says,"this is exactly what is wrong with the american political system today and blogs contribute to it. everyone preaches to their own choir, thinking it some form of achievement to convince those who need no such thing.until blogs like these discuss both sides to issues, rather than only focusing on one, it seems rather pathetic that such blogs actually criticize the media for the same thing." I agree that issues don't get resolved, or viewpoints understood when you are commiseration with your own kind. It is, however, almost impossible to engage GOP bloggers into any kind of rational discussion. I have been trying to engage anyone on Townhall.com to discuss their viewpoints, but unless you spew hateful vitriole at them, they will not even respond to your posts. Seems no one is really all that interested in reasoned debate.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

exactly my point. noone seems to want to have serious debate. everyone has there reasons for it. i dont disagree that the right is stuck in their ways. All i am saying is that there is little to gain in preaching to the converted. i like this blog but when it ends up with bloggers ripping everything bush does no matter what.....and never discussing both sides to issues, or when some conservative says some ridiculous insane comment just to spur a reaction--well, that makes me want to look elsewhere. i hope we reach the day where we can analyze the issues that face us, ignoring who is preaching what "solutions" and instead discuss the solutions themselves. That would be progress. Today i saw both sides of the sickness that infects us. One person told me that Bush wants terrorist attacks to occur both in london and the US because it gives he and blair political clout to continue in iraq. and another told me that Rove did nothing wrong if he was just looking out for the president/administration because BUsh has been taking so many unfair hits. I cannot stand it anymore....the beat goes on.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one has stopped reasonable conservatives from posting comments and joining in the debate. It's not like there is a restriction on comments.

Reach out to whoever and bring them here.

10:50 PM  

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