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Andrea Mitchell: I 'Misspoke' on Plame ID
NewsMax.com ^ | Nov. 10, 2003 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 11/10/2005 6:32:51 AM PST by Carl/NewsMax

NBC's senior diplomatic correspondent Andrea Mitchell is claiming that her comments have been deliberately distorted in reports covering a 2003 interview where she said Valerie Plame's identity had been "widely known" before her name appeared in a Robert Novak column.

"The fact is that I did not know did not know [Plame's identity] before the Novak column," she told radio host Don Imus on Thursday.

"I said it was widely known that an envoy had gone [to Niger]," she insisted. "I said we did not know who the envoy was until the Novak column."

But the actual exchange in question shows that Mitchell was questioned specifically about Plame's CIA employment, not her envoy husband.

"Do we have any idea how widely known it was in Washington that Joe Wilson's wife worked for the CIA?" she was asked by host Alan Murray in an Oct. 3, 2003 interview on CNBC's "Captial Report."

Mitchell replied: "It was widely known among those of us who cover the intelligence community and who were actively engaged in trying to track down who among the foreign service community was the envoy to Niger. So a number of us began to pick up on that."

Confronted with her comments Thursday morning, the top NBC reporter insisted: "[The quote] was out of context."

When pressed, a flustered-sounding Mitchell explained: "I - I - I said it was widely known that an envoy had gone - let me try to find the quote. But the fact is what I was trying to say in the rest of that sentence - I said we did not know who the envoy was until the Novak column."

Moments later, however, Mitchell changed her story, saying she was talking about both Plame and Wilson:

"I said that it was widely known that - here's the exact quote - I said that it was widely known that Wilson was an envoy and that his wife worked at the CIA. But I was talking about . . . after the Novak column."

"That was not clear," she finally confessed, before admitting, "I may have misspoken in October 2003 in that interview."

Her acknowledgment prompted Imus to remark: "It took me a minute to get that out of you."

Still, despite her admission, Mitchell blamed partisan "bloggers" for distorting her comments:

"We've got a whole new world of journalism out there where there are people writing blogs where they grab one thing and ignore everything else that I've written and said about this. And it supports their political view."

The full exchange went like this:

IMUS: Apparently on October 3, 2003, you said it was "widely known" that Joe Wilson's wife worked at the CIA.

MITCHELL: Well, that was out of context.

IMUS: Oh, it was?

MITCHELL: It was out of context.

IMUS: Isn't that always the case?

MITCHELL: Don't you hate it when that happens? The fact is that I did not know - did not know before - did not know before the Novak column. And it was very clear because I had interviewed Joe Wilson several times, including on "Meet the Press."

And in none of those interviews did any of this come up, on or off camera - I have to tell you. The fact is what I was trying to express was that it was widely known that there was an envoy that I was tasking my producers and my researchers and myself to find out who was this secret envoy.

I did not know. We only knew because of an article in the Washington Post by Walter Pincus, and it was followed by Nicholas Kristof, that someone had known in that period.

IMUS: So you didn't say it was "widely known" that his wife worked at the CIA?

MITCHELL: I - I - I said it was widely known that an envoy had gone - let me try to find the quote. But the fact is what I was trying to say in the rest of that sentence - I said we did not know who the envoy was until the Novak column.

IMUS: Did you mention that Wilson or his wife worked at the CIA?

MITCHELL: Yes.

IMUS: Did you mention . . .

MITCHELL: It was in a long interview on CNBC.

IMUS: No, I understand that. But at any point, in any context, did you say that it was either widely known, not known, or whether it was speculated that his wife worked at the CIA.

MITCHELL: I said that it was widely known that - here's the exact quote - I said that it was widely known that Wilson was an envoy and that his wife worked at the CIA. But I was talking about . . .

IMUS: OK, so you did say that. It took me a minute to get that out of you.

MITCHELL: No, I was talking about after the Novak column. And that was not clear. I may have misspoken in October 2003 in that interview.

IMUS: When was the Novak column?

MITCHELL: The Novak column was on the 14th, July 12th or 14th of '03.

IMUS: So this was well after that?

MITCHELL: Well after that. That's why the confusion. I was trying to express what I knew before the Novak column and there was some confusion in that one interview.

IMUS: Who'd you find it out from? Russert?

MITCHELL: I found it out from Novak.

IMUS: Maybe Russert's lying?

MITCHELL: You know Tim Russert doesn't lie.

IMUS: Which would break little Wyatt Imus's heart, by the way.

MITCHELL: Well, which has not happened. But this is (unintelligible). We've got a whole new world of journalism out there where there are people writing blogs where they grab one thing and ignore everything else that I've written and said about this. And it supports their political view. And . . .

IMUS: Bingo.

MITCHELL: Bingo.


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1 posted on 11/10/2005 6:32:52 AM PST by Carl/NewsMax
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To: Carl/NewsMax
She's a back pedaling liar.
2 posted on 11/10/2005 6:34:55 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: Carl/NewsMax

The covering of tracks begins.


3 posted on 11/10/2005 6:35:01 AM PST by bmwcyle (We broke Pink's Code and found a terrorist message)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Serious CYA going on here...


4 posted on 11/10/2005 6:35:33 AM PST by frogjerk (LIBERALISM - Being miserable for no good reason)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
When I was a kid I boxed. Did fairly well, got to the finals once and the semi-finals once of the Texas Golden Gloves. But even at my peak, and with years of training under my belt, I could never back pedal like Andrea Mitchell is doing now.

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5 posted on 11/10/2005 6:35:41 AM PST by speed_addiction ( Somethings gnaw on a man worse'n dyin'!)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

There's a whole lotta misspeakin' goin' on out there.


6 posted on 11/10/2005 6:35:51 AM PST by js1138 (Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.)
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To: pgkdan

I'm shocked! A liberal lying? To protect another lying liberal? Shocking!


7 posted on 11/10/2005 6:36:46 AM PST by Ron in Acreage (It's the borders stupid! "ALLEN IN 08")
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To: Carl/NewsMax

So Wilson and Mitchell "misspeak" and Scooter Libby lies, is that about right?


8 posted on 11/10/2005 6:36:51 AM PST by jennyjenny
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Chubby Timmy has taken her to the woodshed apparently.


9 posted on 11/10/2005 6:36:54 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Carl/NewsMax
So, Mary Mapes still thinks the story is true.

What has happened to the LSM is truly amazing, as they go through end of life.
10 posted on 11/10/2005 6:36:55 AM PST by Tarpon
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Excellent detective work, as usual. These democrat party media people are utterly deceitful.


11 posted on 11/10/2005 6:36:58 AM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: Carl/NewsMax

I have no respect for journalists. They lie. They are lying liars. Creepy liars!


12 posted on 11/10/2005 6:37:15 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: prairiebreeze; onyx; ohioWfan; Texasforever; BigSkyFreeper; Tamzee; mrs tiggywinkle; EllaMinnow; ...

Check this out!


13 posted on 11/10/2005 6:37:56 AM PST by Mo1
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Put her on a bycycle backwards and she could beat Lance Armstrong.


14 posted on 11/10/2005 6:38:08 AM PST by umgud (Comment removed by poster before moderator could get to it)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Let the games begin, you ain't seen nothing yet, the demo-rats begin abandoning the Good Ship Scandal
15 posted on 11/10/2005 6:39:33 AM PST by Rumplemeyer
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To: umgud

Andrea and her hubby should retire to Aruba.


16 posted on 11/10/2005 6:39:45 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Carl/NewsMax

I wonder if she's being strong armed.


17 posted on 11/10/2005 6:40:09 AM PST by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

She's full of shiite.


18 posted on 11/10/2005 6:40:31 AM PST by b4its2late (Liberals are as confused as a hungry baby in a topless bar.)
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To: pgkdan

put under oath and in jail for misspeaking like scooter.


19 posted on 11/10/2005 6:40:39 AM PST by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

So...was Mrs. Greenspan lying then, or is she lying now...or both?


20 posted on 11/10/2005 6:41:03 AM PST by NativeNewYorker
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To: Carl/NewsMax

I love the sound of Libs hoisted on their own petard.


21 posted on 11/10/2005 6:41:09 AM PST by sono (That was a metaphor. You DO know what a metaphor is? - Z Miller)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

MSM people are so full of it.


22 posted on 11/10/2005 6:41:37 AM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: jennyjenny
"So Wilson and Mitchell "misspeak" and Scooter Libby lies, is that about right?"

That just about sums it up - the whole problem in a nutshell. Scooter Libby goes to trial, Wilson and Mitchell go out for lunch.

23 posted on 11/10/2005 6:42:14 AM PST by SelmaLee
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Mrs Greenspan is showing signs of "Arkansas alzheimers"...


24 posted on 11/10/2005 6:42:19 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Lying, creepy, liar. /O'Donnell mode


25 posted on 11/10/2005 6:42:58 AM PST by eureka! (Hey Lefties: Only 3 and 1/4 more years of W. Hehehehe....)
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To: Mo1

I happened to be watching the day Mitchell said it was well known within DC who Plame was. She laughed when she said it and it was VERY clear.

This is backpedalling CYA. Wilson has threatened to sue Vallely (sp?) and Mitchell is worried the same will happen to her.


26 posted on 11/10/2005 6:43:05 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
MITCHELL: No, I was talking about after the Novak column. And that was not clear. I may have misspoken in October 2003 in that interview.

Didn't work for Libby.
27 posted on 11/10/2005 6:43:16 AM PST by maggief
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To: Carl/NewsMax
She may be Alan Greenspan's wife, but on this, she is certainly off her mark.
28 posted on 11/10/2005 6:43:18 AM PST by ConservativeMind
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To: b4its2late

Put her under oath ... then let's see if she tells the truth.

I bet she would not adjust well to a prison cell.


29 posted on 11/10/2005 6:43:24 AM PST by tarzantheapeman (Hey DUers, now is a nice time to visit France)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Probably the only time she didn't "misspeak."


30 posted on 11/10/2005 6:43:49 AM PST by Brofholdonow
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Surely no one in our great MSM would lie.


31 posted on 11/10/2005 6:43:55 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Only a liberal would lie about something they said, even though the something they said had been shown on television and videotaped for the ages. I guess that's because, for liberals, lying has proven to be a very successful strategy. In fact, it's their only strategy.


32 posted on 11/10/2005 6:44:11 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
In other words "don`t call me to testify"
Funny that Libby may very well face prison for a similar mis statement as to when and who he talked to.
Would she have been indicted for perjury by Fitz.
33 posted on 11/10/2005 6:44:12 AM PST by carlr
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To: Peach
Wilson has threatened to sue Vallely (sp?) and Mitchell is worried the same will happen to her

I'm wondering just how many lawsuits that Willson has threaten

34 posted on 11/10/2005 6:44:36 AM PST by Mo1
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To: Mo1
I wonder how many ol' Joe's actually filed :)
35 posted on 11/10/2005 6:46:05 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

If you can't blame Bush, blame the blogs.


36 posted on 11/10/2005 6:46:16 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Mrs. Green-spam is "CYAing."

So, Andrea, were you lying then or now? LOL

And if she didn't know, why didn't she...everybody else in D.C. apparently knew! LMAO

And for those who don't already know it, Valerie Plame was a CIA desk jockey.
Nothing more...


37 posted on 11/10/2005 6:46:37 AM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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Andrea Mitchell is in deep for the dems and she's trying to cover up whatever she said which hurts their bs charges...

gotta hand it to Imus for keeping after her

38 posted on 11/10/2005 6:47:03 AM PST by SunnyUsa (No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

I'm not buying it. This isn't something you say make a mistake about.


39 posted on 11/10/2005 6:47:03 AM PST by arichtaxpayer (We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.)
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To: jennyjenny

Had she been under oath and testifying.....oh well.


40 posted on 11/10/2005 6:48:04 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Frist would be a great Majority Leader if he had 65 seats..make that 75)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

I really appreciate this post! thanks!!!


did you see this?

http://mediamatters.org/items/200511090013

(I hope Brit responds to this tonight.)


((What amused me this morning, Andrea Mitchell sounded exactly like Mary Mapes, blaming bloggers for her woes.))


41 posted on 11/10/2005 6:48:17 AM PST by YaYa123 (@Get That Woman Under Oath.com)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Maybe she and Mary Mapse can take their whine on the road.


42 posted on 11/10/2005 6:48:28 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
We've got a whole new world of journalism out there where there are people writing blogs where they grab one thing and ignore everything else that I've written and said about this.

Everyone knows that this activity is restricted to professional journalists and prosecutors.

43 posted on 11/10/2005 6:48:41 AM PST by js1138 (Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Nov 3rd Newsmax Article
44 posted on 11/10/2005 6:48:44 AM PST by hflynn ( Soros wouldn't make any sense even if he spelled his name backwards)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Maybe O'R knows something......he joked to colonic couric that he was waiting for Russert to be indicted in the Plame affair.


45 posted on 11/10/2005 6:49:33 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Obviously she's been strong-armed (ya think by Russert??) to retract her first statement on 10/3. Makes sense to put her on Imus' show.

Imus claims to be conservative, but IMHO everytime I listen to him, he sounds like a liberal.


46 posted on 11/10/2005 6:49:48 AM PST by standingfirm
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To: Mo1

I really appreciate your pings. Thanks!


47 posted on 11/10/2005 6:49:59 AM PST by YaYa123
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To: Carl/NewsMax
These NY bastard political operatives have been trying to pretend to be journalists for decades.

What an absolute farce to claim that SHE is being victimized by bloggers, when SHE and her elite cohorts have been destroying lives, reputations, careers, and families with impunity for 30 years.

SHE and her compatriots have run this country, our pols, our policies, our culture, education, judiciary, and our very history, for to long.

Term limits for this bitch and her Manhattan salon elites, destroy her.
48 posted on 11/10/2005 6:50:01 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: Carl/NewsMax

If you pulled down Teddy's huge stained underwear, or the undergarments of any a-hole CommuDem on Capitol Hill, you would find the unmistakable imprint of Mitchell's lips on their ass!


49 posted on 11/10/2005 6:50:09 AM PST by Doc Savage (...because they stand on a wall, and they say nothing is going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch!)
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To: speed_addiction

Love your tagline.


50 posted on 11/10/2005 6:50:22 AM PST by TEXASPROUD
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