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Friday, June 20, 2008

McClellan, Conyers, WaPo, and AP vie for prize for "Most Disingenuous" in Plamegate testimony and "news articles" that never mention the name "Armitage"

You're watching absolutely false conventional wisdom being repeated over and over again, folks, until only us few with more than 50 functioning neurons and the willpower to resist propaganda actually remember the truth.

Without a transcript, I can't be certain that no one mentioned Richard Armitage's name at any point during the hearing. But if neither Conyers, nor McClellan, nor anyone else did, that itself would have been newsworthy!

You cannot write this story with a shred of journalistic integrity without using the name "Armitage." It can't be done.Nevertheless, I firmly expect that by this time tomorrow, most or all of the other members of the mainstream media will have qualified for this particular "Most Disingenuous" prize along with the AP and WaPo.

Question for the weekend: Will Mr. Armitage write the AP and WaPo demanding a correction that gives him due and just credit as the leaker?

Posted by Beldar at 05:13 PM in Law (2008), Mainstream Media, Politics (2008) | Permalink


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(1) Gregory Koster made the following comment | Jun 20, 2008 7:02:10 PM | Permalink

Dear Mr. Dyer: I see you've decided to give Obama competition in the comedy department. Armitage writing to claim credit...yup, that's a good one.

Cheer up. McClellan is a mere hog snouting for a commentary slot on one of the cable networks. This is just another audition. When NBC, fresh from its management triumph of telling Jay Leno not to stick around when his contract expires next year, heaves Keith Olbermann onto the MEET THE PRESS throne, McClellan can take his place on COUNTDOWN. No one will be able to tell the difference, and the brand can continue on its merry way downward in the ratings.

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

(2) Sue made the following comment | Jun 20, 2008 8:57:04 PM | Permalink

McClellan was asked about Armitage by a Republican. He responded by saying he couldn't speak to that. I would say he couldn't speak to that. Ruins his storyline if he did.

(3) hunter made the following comment | Jun 20, 2008 9:52:59 PM | Permalink

There you go again - looking for integrity in political reporting.

(4) narciso made the following comment | Jun 21, 2008 10:38:02 AM | Permalink

Of course, not, Beldar, just as the media won't outline his connections to Caspian oil or his prewar board membership of CACI; one of the leading companies involved
in Abu Ghraib. Or his post governmental career with Veritas Capital; which directs
the DynCorp private military corporation, excuse me

(5) Carol Herman made the following comment | Jun 21, 2008 11:10:04 AM | Permalink

Let's not get too confused, here. Paul O'Neill, fired from being Bush's Treasury Secretary, back in 2002, pretty much laid out all the problems, in his very readable book: THE PRICE OF LOYALTY.

Yes, he said Bush didn't like any topic debated. Where he then used Nixon's White House to bring up the opposite example. In it O'Neill explained Nixon had a brain. And, he wanted to hear from his other executives, across the board on ideas. So there was lots of screaming, between men. And, O'Neill points out this is the best way for insiders to hash out problems. Before the problems make the mainstream. And, it also lets the president pick the best ideas; while discarding bad ones.

Bush never did that. He likes harmony. And, second rate people who pray a lot. And, so he managed to snatch victory away. And, no. He didn't "accomplish" any missions. His losses are in fact, his own.

Trouble with McLellan is that he's the last guy alive to realize Plame was married. And, it was her husband, "the ambassador," that went into over-drive; getting her profile high. In spreads like Vanity Fair. Believe me, Dick Cheney had nothing to do with this! It was a sloppy MSM attempt to hurt Bush's White House.

This information slid right by McLellan. Because he's stupid.

So, a large part of what went wrong were the second raters who were stupid. (And, probably what went right belongs to Cheney; who couldn't bother to have a conversation with Bush's idiots.)

It also shows ya; (and this is good to know if you're a lawyer; because it points to the other side's weakness) ... the MSM can't let go.

Well, after Dan Rather, no surprises left in the MSM's inability to stop chewing what passes for news.

As the Internet grows. And, pundits, aka journalists, are left in the dust.

For Plame? A few seconds more of fame.

For Bush? Same old, same old.

Proving that "yes, you can" work in the White House, if you have the right wardrobe. And, if you're stupid enough.

During Clinton's time? It paid if you were young. Female. And, had a fat ass.

Heck, Lewinsky had to dig for her underwear ... to snap it. How did that ever become a turn on, I do not know. But I doubt if Monica fit into anything you could buy at Victoria's Secret.

Shows ya. There's no accounting for taste.

While the Bush presidency, on its last legs, has done enough harms to the GOP, you just wonder if all that Bible thumping didn't in fact bring on these rains.

America is the better off.

Instead of worrying about news, we get, instead, a parade of gossip.

Go ahead, let it escape your attention; the GOP has managed to lose the audience, as if politics was just another act in vaudeville.

(6) C Smith made the following comment | Jun 24, 2008 1:06:29 PM | Permalink

"Paul O'Neill, ... in his very readable book: THE PRICE OF LOYALTY."

To quote Donald Rumsfeld, "Paul O'Neill didn't write a book."

(Ron Suskind wrote a book.)

Still love that man...

2. No one, including Peter Fitzgerald, ever mentions that the CIA also told Novak that Valerie Plame worked at the CIA.

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