Feb 6, 2007

CAUTION: Media Beating In Progress..!!!

Scooter Libby and the media debacle

The New York Times made headlines last week when it tapped a new D.C. bureau chief. But if the paper of record really wanted to jump-start its Beltway news operation, maybe it should have tried to lure Patrick Fitzgerald away from the Department of Justice.

Let's face it, as special counsel in charge of investigating the Valerie Plame CIA leak, and now the lead prosecutor in D.C. federal court methodically laying out the damning evidence of perjury, obstruction, and lying against Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, Fitzgerald has consistently shown more interest -- and determination -- in uncovering the facts of the Plame scandal than most Beltway journalists, including the often somnambulant D.C. newsroom of The New York Times.

Indeed, for long stretches, the special counsel easily supplanted the timid D.C. press corps and become the fact-finder of record for the Plame story. It was Fitzgerald and his team of G-men -- not journalists -- who were running down leads, asking tough questions and, in the end, helping inform the American people about possible criminal activity inside the White House.

It's true that Fitzgerald's team had subpoena power that no journalist could match. But reporters in this case had a trump card of their own: inside information. Sadly, most journalists remained mum about the coveted and often damning facts, dutifully keeping their heads down and doing their best to make sure the details never got out about the White House's obsession with discrediting former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV by outing his undercover CIA wife, Valerie Plame.

So as the facts of the White House cover-up now tumble out into open court, it's important to remember that if it hadn't been for Fitzgerald's work, there's little doubt the Plame story would have simply faded into oblivion like so many other disturbing suggestions of Bush administration misdeeds. And it would have faded away because lots of high-profile journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, and NBC wanted it to. <
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This is dead on and so well deserved - negligence and incompetence come to mind, but to be fair - not investigating is hard work.

18 Comments:

Blogger calamityjane said...

Fitz!

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are no checks and balances in this country anymore. It is just like JFK tried to warn about the media right before he was killed. It is damn time it changed.

Citizens are the ones that must hold the press accountable for their actions. Citizens should not have to connect the dots from bits and pieces of this or that reported at different times after much digging. Our youth and future generations deserve better. Your forefathers' that fought for this country for the right reasons deserve better. Our troops trying to fight because someone lied deserve better than this lousy, deceitful ass kissing press corps of today and yesterday. Finally, don't you deserve better?

12:44 AM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

Go,Team America ;D. Been busy for weeks now with a new project. I read the commentary on the trial at FDL. Shame on this whole administration. Not that any of this was new information. It justs confirms what we knew or suspected.

Hi, JB's. Peace and love to all.

Anonymous, my grandpa and his brother both defended us in WWII and Korea. They would be so shocked and disappointed at what this country has become.

12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Fitz going to wear his bright pink panties tomorrow for his last witness? It will be exciting to know since Timmy will be wearing his fishnet stockings with red pumps. Eat your heart out fellas!

1:34 AM  
Anonymous hot lips samborn said...

Fitz!!!

1:38 AM  
Anonymous alice in wonderland said...

Can someone wake me up when Scooter case is officially over. I am getting a huge vain in my forehead from reading Scooter's fairytale defense!

1:53 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Should be interesting tomorrow with Timmy on the stand. The problem for me is the three hour difference. good night all

2:03 AM  
Blogger teak said...

NewsTrack - Top News
Published: Feb. 6, 2007 at 2:30 PM
Pace: Not enough equipment for surge
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Marine Gen. Peter Pace admitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday equipment will be a problem when U.S. forces in Iraq are increased.

During testimony over the $481.4 billion fiscal 2008 defense budget, Pace said the military has about 41,000 armored vehicles in Iraq -- fewer than will be needed "to cover all of the troops that are deploying."

Pace said it will be July before enough equipment is in place.

Rawstory

A sign of a good leadership is not asking the people under you to do anything you wouldn't do...would Bush, Cheney or any of their ilk go into Iraq without the proper equipment or personnel protecting them? Or do what these men/women do period?

2:23 AM  
Blogger teak said...

PS, Keep up the good work Team America and Mr. Fitz. Good luck in court tomorrow.

2:25 AM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Bet 'cha thought I was gonna say Good Morning America, huh? :)

Well, this will be the day we've all been waiting for...Tim Russert to testify today and we will see that Scooter has a new nickname..
"Pinocchio" hehe

Have a good one boys and girls! :)

bbl..

8:55 AM  
Blogger jan said...

You are such a good man, Fitz :)

9:03 AM  
Anonymous hesikastor said...

Good luck on top of great "scrupulous" preparation. I wish I'd known about this desk years ago. I might not have felt so anxious about everything. Yep, sometimes the white hats do come out on top. If Wells drone were to be severely edited, this tops any courtroom novel for drama, suspense, character development and startling revelations. I'd guess our prosecutor is a closet poker player. I'm waaaay out of the loop but I sispect (hope!) that he's keeping cards to his chest, and a stash up his sleeve! Let the new day's fun begin!

9:12 AM  
Anonymous hesikastor said...

forgot to say, watch libby's nose!

9:13 AM  
Anonymous 6 Miles from Massive Corruption said...

MERRY MERRY FITZMAS

Snow in the nations capital, a great indicator and sign of the pure approach and great work from Team Fitz blanketing the be-damned.

Brilliant!

Merry Merry FITZMAS!

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How amazing of the lady astronaut to go on her diaper wearing cross country,love triangle, kidnap-murder plot. The news have all of the sheeple talking about it. It sure diverts reporting from the real news like the Libby trial, Bush's lies, Cheney's demise, and the failure of U.S. policy in Iraq resulting in so many deaths for what?

Just imagine if a poor black man wore a diaper across country with a murder=kidnap kit? Bail and a bracelet and snickers?

9:36 AM  
Anonymous 6 miles from Ovalus Corruptus said...

Anon @ 9:36

excellent points

9:57 AM  
Blogger patriot girl said...

Great article.

But, I especially enjoyed the portion of the Libby testimony in the 'insta-declassification doctrine'. It really doesn't get much better than that! Except of course to see Gerbil and Ambien in orange jumpsuits.

Libby blatantly says that George and Dick didn't tell anyone else, not even Condi & Hadley. Which just shows they were trying to cover their own a*ses. And what's even better, is that Libby said they've done this before. I wonder how many times?

Can't wait for Ambien to take the stand and perjur himself. Patrick will be all over him like white on rice!

7 people have now said Scooter's pants are on fire.

Libby: 'My Web's all Tangled Up'

10:05 AM  
Blogger Matt Janovic said...

Yeah, there's an MO here of telling everyone different stories--or nothing-at-all, then using them as armor. After they've taken the hit, they're discarded and told to "resign." Not very clever, but we can assume they got it from the corporate world where accounatbility is virtually nil.

2:02 PM  

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