Sunday, May 14, 2006

Rove Indicted, Mainstream Media Nowhere

A fascinating study in the response and the workings of the alternative media and the mainstream is taking place at this moment. From Jason Leopold, via fatcat politics , word comes on that Karl Rove has been served an indictment. This was also tracked and posted by Op-Ed News and World News:
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald spent more than half a day Friday at the offices of Patton Boggs, the law firm representing Karl Rove.

During the course of that meeting, Fitzgerald served attorneys for former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove with an indictment charging the embattled White House official with perjury and lying to investigators related to his role in the CIA leak case, and instructed one of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 hours to get his affairs in order....
At this time, 2:42 am EST, no word on the development has hit the mainstream; not the Washington Post, not the New York Times, not Google News aggregator, not AP nor Reuters nor AFP. Nowhere. But a look at the blogs, and it is all over the place, In fact, there seems to be a generally giddy apprehension of the news. Fascinating. No wonder it is said that the MSM needs to adapt. They seem to have no idea what to do when news breaks and they are not involved. And Powerline? zip. Instapundit? phhhht. Nuthin'. Like I've said before, the top blogs have become incestuous and self-limiting, so much so that the right doesn't know what the left is doing and missing out on a rather huge story. They're probably busy concocting new arguments as to why evolution is wrong.

But the MSM, unlike Powerline, isn't entirely useless, as WaPo tells us that, upon hearing of Joe Wilson's critcism, Dick Cheney immediately jotted down the word "junket" on a newspaper clipping of Wilson's now famous op-ed article.
The filing by special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald is the second that names Cheney as a key White House official who questioned the legitimacy of Wilson's examination of Iraqi nuclear ambitions. It further suggests that Cheney helped originate the idea in his office that Wilson's credibility was undermined by his link to Plame.

Fitzgerald's filing states that Cheney passed the annotated article by Wilson to his chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who Fitzgerald says subsequently discussed Wilson's marriage to Plame in conversations with two reporters, despite the fact that Plame was a covert CIA officer and her name was not supposed to be revealed.
This interesting, because, if true, the theory that Plame was outed to put a halt to the Iran/Turkey nuclear investigation would appear to be dispelled. If Plame's outing was actually spurred by Wilson's op-ed, the notion that the White House wanted elsewise to halt Plame's investigations and used the Wilson issue as a convenient cover story cannot logically follow. This latest information would indicate that, indeed, Plame was outed as revenge and the loss of CIA assests as a result of that action was only accidental. But shameful, nonetheless.

And who knows? Maybe Cheney will go down. I'm not much encourage in that idea, but it seems more of a possibility now.


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