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A Good Leak (WaPo editorial!)
The Washington Post ^ | 4/9/06 | Editorial staff

Posted on 04/09/2006 9:39:49 AM PDT by knuthom

PRESIDENT BUSH was right to approve the declassification of parts of a National Intelligence Estimate about Iraq three years ago in order to make clear why he had believed that Saddam Hussein was seeking nuclear weapons. Presidents are authorized to declassify sensitive material, and the public benefits when they do. But the administration handled the release clumsily, exposing Mr. Bush to the hyperbolic charges of misconduct and hypocrisy that Democrats are leveling.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; bushlied; declassification; hellfreezesover; iraq; joewilson; leak; leaks; nie; plame; prewarintelligence; wilson
The material that Mr. Bush ordered declassified established, as have several subsequent investigations, that Mr. Wilson was the one guilty of twisting the truth.

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As Mr. Fitzgerald pointed out at the time of Mr. Libby's indictment last fall, none of this is particularly relevant to the question of whether the grounds for war in Iraq were sound or bogus. It's unfortunate that those who seek to prove the latter would now claim that Mr. Bush did something wrong by releasing for public review some of the intelligence he used in making his most momentous decision.

If the Washington Post can figure this out, why can't the rest of the MSM?

1 posted on 04/09/2006 9:39:51 AM PDT by knuthom
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To: knuthom; Howlin

bump


2 posted on 04/09/2006 9:41:36 AM PDT by eddie willers
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To: knuthom
The Washington post just wants to be the 'last dino off the cliff'.
3 posted on 04/09/2006 9:45:06 AM PDT by Tarpon
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To: knuthom

I thought I saw a WP byline on at least one of the articles taking him to task for "leaking" the information.


4 posted on 04/09/2006 9:45:37 AM PDT by weegee ("CBS NEWS? Is that show still on?" - freedomson)
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To: knuthom
If the Washington Post can figure this out, why can't the rest of the MSM?

Because the Washington Post has, for the past 3-4 years anyway, been significantly more fair, objective, and moderate than the rest of the MSM. Don't get me wrong, the WP is still liberal in its editorial slant -- but it's actual news reporting is first-rate, devoid of the garbage (i.e. all the liberal fabrifications) that have haunted the NYT and the broadcast media.

5 posted on 04/09/2006 9:48:37 AM PDT by ChicagoHebrew (Hell exists, it is real. It's a quiet green meadow populated entirely by Arab goat herders.)
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To: knuthom
The Washington Post should make up its mind. On one hand in the News section they OVERANALYZE Wilson's trip, and publish an articled titled "A 'Concerted Effort' to Discredit Bush Critic" while on the other hand they opine that Wilson's trip was ovenalyzed.
The Wapo got it right in the editorial, but made sure it screwed it up in the News section. Let's be careful in praising this editorial. It's a bait.
6 posted on 04/09/2006 9:50:16 AM PDT by singledot777
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To: ChicagoHebrew

The Washington Post calling Democrats hypocrites. I'm shocked!


8 posted on 04/09/2006 9:51:30 AM PDT by BW2221
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To: knuthom

Hell has indeed frozen over.


9 posted on 04/09/2006 9:51:52 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (A nickel bag gets sold in the park. I WANT IN!)
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To: knuthom

The WP is turning on Wilson and Fitz???


10 posted on 04/09/2006 9:52:34 AM PDT by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

In the News section, the Wapo discredited the claim that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger. the wapo is schizophrenic today.


11 posted on 04/09/2006 9:57:06 AM PDT by singledot777
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To: knuthom

This is in the Post?

Someone has made a tremendous error...front page correction on Monday.


12 posted on 04/09/2006 9:57:26 AM PDT by oxcart (Journalism (Sic))
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To: knuthom
OK, who hacked into the Post's master layout computer and sneaked this one in?
13 posted on 04/09/2006 10:02:35 AM PDT by Semi Civil Servant
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To: ChicagoHebrew

True. They were trashing Rather while the NY Times was printing the "fake but accurate" headlines.


14 posted on 04/09/2006 10:04:24 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: knuthom

Nice to see the WaPo editorial board finally coming-around on this issue. Too bad it took days . . . maybe it required serious thought? /bitter sarcasm


15 posted on 04/09/2006 10:04:42 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Wapo also say in april 7th that the leak story "gives Democrats fresh material to accuse him of hypocrisy." Again, let's not give them too much credit for getting it right 1 out of 10 times.


16 posted on 04/09/2006 10:05:57 AM PDT by singledot777
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To: knuthom
But the administration handled the release clumsily, exposing Mr. Bush to the hyperbolic charges of misconduct and hypocrisy that Democrats are leveling.

It woulda happened no matter how the President handled it

17 posted on 04/09/2006 10:07:14 AM PDT by woofie
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To: knuthom
Notice that WaPo absolutely rips Wilson a new one...

"...that Mr. Wilson was the one guilty of twisting the truth. In fact, his report supported the conclusion that Iraq had sought uranium."

This has, of course, sparked utter outrage over at our favorite 5th Columnist site, DailyKos. Their front page story is how the WaPo editors are all fascist @ssholes for showing Wilson to be the publicity hounding idiot he is. Nothing incites Leftist rage more than a liberal news outlet turning on one of their own.
18 posted on 04/09/2006 10:10:33 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: knuthom

Down Here:

19 posted on 04/09/2006 10:14:16 AM PDT by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: knuthom
But the administration handled the release clumsily

Oh, yeah. This is so true. Really, if you want to see how to handle a "release" with a full ration of inside-the-beltway savoir-faire, I need only refer you to the boundless cleverness of the Washington Post's handling of the famous Janet Cooke "Jimmy's World" episode.

20 posted on 04/09/2006 10:14:56 AM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: knuthom
But the administration handled the release clumsily

Oh, yeah. This is so true. Really, if you want to see how to handle a "release" with a full ration of inside-the-beltway savoir-faire, I need only refer you to the boundless cleverness of the Washington Post's handling of the famous Janet Cooke "Jimmy's World" episode.

21 posted on 04/09/2006 10:14:58 AM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: knuthom

This is truly amazing - the WP puts "Bush" and "was right" in the same sentence ..!!! WHOA ...... the sky must be falling or something.


22 posted on 04/09/2006 11:08:43 AM PDT by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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To: knuthom

How did this one slip by the editors at the Compost? Heads will roll!


23 posted on 04/09/2006 11:27:12 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: Eagles6

This is by far the best and the most accurate representation of events in this silly case.


24 posted on 04/09/2006 12:35:13 PM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: indianrightwinger

Yeah, you're right. Go figure.


25 posted on 04/09/2006 12:49:16 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: knuthom
I was reading somewhere else that Joe Wilson has angered the Left by making homo references about certain Republicans. I guess accusing a gay person as being a Republican was more than they could handle.
26 posted on 04/09/2006 1:04:34 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: mainepatsfan

The WP also hasn't been caught running interviews of fake Abu Gharib torturees. The corrections page for the NYT has been bizarre the past year.... so many errors ....


27 posted on 04/09/2006 1:29:29 PM PDT by ChicagoHebrew (Hell exists, it is real. It's a quiet green meadow populated entirely by Arab goat herders.)
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To: Tarpon
"The Washington post just wants to be the 'last dino off the cliff'."

Perhaps this particular dino has at least seen the cliff, and is hoping that it'll get the news to its hind legs before it gets to the edge?
28 posted on 04/09/2006 1:42:33 PM PDT by Old Student (WRM, MSgt, USAF(Ret.))
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