Monday, October 02, 2006

Snow Spins That Woodward's Sources Weren't "Key Players"

When it comes to politics, there are always two sides -- if not more -- to any story.

But what if one of the sides presented is pure drivel? Should it be given consideration, or should it be challenged?

That's a question someone should be asking Christopher Cuomo, anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, who either was woefully unprepared for his interview yesterday morning with White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, or couldn't bring himself to challenge a false claim.

Snow claimed that author Bob Woodward didn't rely on "key players" within the Bush Administraiton in reporting his book State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III, which portrays President Bush as presenting to the public a misleadingly upbeat assessment of progress in Iraq.

But Woodward's sources for the book reportedly include Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, retired U.S. Army Gen. Jay Garner, the former head of reconstruction in Iraq, and former White House chief of staff Andrew H. Card Jr., among others.

And the White House cooperated with Woodward on the two predecessor books, Bush At War and Plan of Attack.

So what was Cuomo thinking during this exchange:

CUOMO: Tony, is the president in a "state of denial" when it comes to Iraq?

SNOW: No, and I think Bob may have lots of sources in the administration, but they obviously weren't key players. ... Again, Bob may have lots of good sources, and I'm sure he's quoting them accurately. The problem is, they're like people sitting on the outside of the room speculating about what's going on on the inside.

CUOMO: At this point, do you believe it's a fair expectation that things will get worse in the next year in Iraq ...

Either Cuomo, in preparing for his interview, didn't read either a summary of State Of Denial, as was available in the Oct. 1 and Oct, 2 editions of the Washington Post, as well as in Newsweek, or he was unprepared for Snow to offer such a bald-faced lie about Woodward's sourcing.


When Bush At War was released, the White House posted excerpts on its website. Now that Woodward's tone has changed, it's open season on his reporting skills.

Rather than address the claims made in the book, and provide its own take on events or information that Woodward either failed to use or discounted, all the White House can do is play "kill the messenger."

It's weak, and Cuomo for one should have acted like a journalist and played fact-checker.


Anonymous grasswire said...

I wonder how that makes Andy Card feel?

He spent more than seven hours talking to the president's Chief of Staff.

Seven hours. Chief of Staff.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous MadHound said...

I guess George Tenet, director of the CIA, is considered a nobody also

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Brotherjohn said...

Is he KIDDING?!? Woodward's sources are Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld... ON TAPE
...ON THE RECORD, even played ON 60 MINUTES!!

He MUST be kidding. That's it.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Botany said...

ahhh Dick Cheney?
Not a key player?

12:20 PM  
Anonymous gratuitous said...

If Tony says they aren't key players

Then how could they be key players? I mean, come on! The "chief of staff"? What kind of made-up title is that? Probably has to report to the Director of Lessons Learned or some other nothingburger factotum. "Head of the FBI"? Give me a break! Nothing but a glorified paper shuffler.

Mr. Cuomo was perfectly right to simply nod and let Mr. Snow say whatever the hell he wanted to say, true or false, good or bad, serious or laughably ludicrous. After all, it's not Mr. Cuomo's job to figure out the truth. He's just supposed to sit there and look pretty for his hefty paycheck.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Straight Shooter said...

I can't wait for the day when Snowjob isn't a key player.

What a buffoon.

ETA: Snow makes me miss Scotty-Mouth. At least Scotty created some humorous moments. Snow is simply demeaning to others.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Double T said...

Weak, buckling knee explanation and excuse snowjob............ the ONLY thing that ANYBODY has ever gotten directly from the 'key players' is a bunch of lies, deception and NO truth.

12:21 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Snowjob and Rice are just the latest entrants into the Bush Flagrant Lies Hall of Shame.
The facts have finally gained upon Bush spin.
So, the old spin doesn't work any more, and the new spin is simply to lie and hope no one is paying attention.
Oh well, the administration's credibility could hardly do itself any more damage.
Truth and Democracy are the victors.

5:14 PM  

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