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Smearing Joe Wilson's critics
The Washington Times ^ | 4-12-06 | Editorial

Posted on 04/12/2006 9:05:43 AM PDT by smoothsailing

The Washington Times

Smearing Joe Wilson's critics

Published April 12, 2006

Some old canards just never die. New information from special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation about whether former CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity was leaked by the White House as part of a campaign to "discredit" her husband has spurred new efforts to depict him as an innocent victim targeted by a Bush administration smear campaign for telling the truth.     

Joseph Wilson, a retired Foreign Service officer, was dispatched to Iraq in February 2002 by the CIA, at his wife's suggestion, to investigate whether Saddam Hussein had tried to purchase "yellowcake" uranium from Niger. In July 2003, Mr. Wilson accused the Bush administration of manipulating intelligence in order to make a case for war with Iraq. He claimed that his investigation 17 months earlier should have debunked the notion that Iraq had attempted to purchase uranium from Niger.     

But the case against the White House, as represented by some in the mainstream media, is based on sloppy, tendentious reporting...

(Excerpt) Read more at washtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bushlied; joewilson; josephwilson; mediabias

1 posted on 04/12/2006 9:05:43 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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2 posted on 04/12/2006 9:07:34 AM PDT by RightWingAtheist (Creationism is to conservatism what Howard Dean is to liberalism)
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To: smoothsailing

Whoops, wrong thread. That's what I get for keeping several windows open at once.


3 posted on 04/12/2006 9:08:59 AM PDT by RightWingAtheist (Creationism is to conservatism what Howard Dean is to liberalism)
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To: smoothsailing

Bump.


4 posted on 04/12/2006 9:11:56 AM PDT by TBP
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To: smoothsailing; Mo1; onyx; PhiKapMom; Southack; Miss Marple; Dog; StarCMC; Corin Stormhands; ...
I've got a cut-out here, that I've had for years now. Sources are Howard Kurtz and captainquartersblog.com:

Number of stories done on ex. Amb. Joe Wilson's charge "Bush lied" about Iraq nukes vs. those done after debunking his claim.

  Charges first reported Charges questioned
Wash. Post
96
2
NY Times
70
3
LA Times
48
2
CBS
30
Zero
NBC
40
1
ABC
18
1

What bias?

5 posted on 04/12/2006 9:19:34 AM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: Alamo-Girl; jveritas; Justanobody; IGOTMINE

Ping


6 posted on 04/12/2006 9:21:25 AM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: RightWingAtheist

It applies to Joe Wilson, too. Not to worry.


7 posted on 04/12/2006 9:21:43 AM PDT by formercalifornian (One nation, under whatever popular fad comes to mind at the moment, indivisible...)
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To: Coop

Indeed! What bias.

Excellent post!


8 posted on 04/12/2006 9:23:28 AM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: onyx; dighton

It makes me laugh when I hear talking heads saying that media bias is subjective and cannot be measured. I think Brent Bozell and the Media Research Center, and the table up above, show otherwise.


9 posted on 04/12/2006 9:25:50 AM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: Coop
That is a real eyeopener chart.


10 posted on 04/12/2006 9:32:20 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Donate to Free Republic now, not tomorrow: [https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate]))
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To: Coop


O'Reilly shreds the NYT for its full-out biased reporting, never mind the editorials.


11 posted on 04/12/2006 9:32:25 AM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: Coop; onyx

I saw Joe Wilson on Keith Olbermann's show the other night; he actually said that Fitzgerald had said at least 3 times that Valerie Plame WAS undercover.

I yelled at the TV so hard...


12 posted on 04/12/2006 9:32:29 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin; Coop

You really must stop watching Keith and Cooper. :)


13 posted on 04/12/2006 9:35:02 AM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: onyx

Hey, anyone named Cooper can't be all bad!


14 posted on 04/12/2006 9:37:06 AM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: Coop
It makes me laugh when I hear talking heads saying that media bias is subjective and cannot be measured.

I like it when the media tries to prove how unbiased they are by discussing the stories they ran. What they don't run speaks volumes.
15 posted on 04/12/2006 9:37:43 AM PDT by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: onyx

I actually didn't watch the show; they showed it on MSNBC yesterday.


16 posted on 04/12/2006 9:38:00 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin

WHEW!
You had me going...


17 posted on 04/12/2006 9:39:52 AM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: Coop


LOL! Almost missed that.


19 posted on 04/12/2006 9:51:04 AM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: smoothsailing

Anyone know of a well sourced article (referencing primary source materials) about Wilson/Plame which cover ALL the ground?

I want to send it to a diehard tinfoil hatter.


20 posted on 04/12/2006 9:52:49 AM PDT by adam_az (It's the border, stupid!)
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To: smoothsailing

"... mainstream media, is based on sloppy, tendentious reporting"

how unlike them ;)


21 posted on 04/12/2006 9:53:27 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: smoothsailing

ping


22 posted on 04/12/2006 9:57:01 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: Baynative
"White HOuse official asks the very simple question of the CIA: " When was the last time (P)Flame was actually operating in a covert status?"

I have never understood that either.

23 posted on 04/12/2006 9:57:50 AM PDT by DeaconRed (If you are an Illegal Alien . . .Leave. . If you are hiring Illegals ... Go directly to Jail. .)
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To: adam_az
Here's a Wash Post article referencing the numbers in the above chart:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14102-2004Jul25.html

24 posted on 04/12/2006 9:58:09 AM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: Coop
Good work,Coop! :)
25 posted on 04/12/2006 9:58:38 AM PDT by smoothsailing (NEVER FORGET-Don't be Murtha'd again)
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To: adam_az

These links might help.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1612370/posts?page=13#13

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1613187/posts?page=19#19


26 posted on 04/12/2006 10:00:07 AM PDT by LucyT ("Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." Art Buchwald)
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To: Coop

LOL!! Well, ok, not REALLY laughing. But that graphic is true of just about every Anti-Bush story that has later been shown as false.


28 posted on 04/12/2006 10:12:57 AM PDT by StarCMC (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing...thank you Sarge.)
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To: StarCMC

I'm sure many times it is. I keep thinking back to how the press treated Kerry's discharge date discrepancy and refusal to release his service records versus the exaggerated and forged Bush National Guard non-story.


29 posted on 04/12/2006 10:27:48 AM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: adam_az

Try www.justoneminute.typepad.com.


30 posted on 04/12/2006 11:00:45 AM PDT by Shocked2
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To: Coop
Someone also brought up yesterday the difference between how John F. Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs fiasco was treated compared to the Iraq War and President Bush.

Myself, I don't believe any of them any more, except for Brit Hume and Tony Snow. The rest of the time I am pulling weeds in the garden or cleaning my house.

31 posted on 04/12/2006 11:02:40 AM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: adam_az

Here's something from Stephen Hayes in the Weekly Standard.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/006/217wnmrb.asp?pg=2


32 posted on 04/12/2006 11:17:40 AM PDT by rwa265 (Behold, I am with you always. (Matthew 28:20))
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To: All

Declassifed intelligence is available to the public.
Can't be leaked.

Bush & Co.has asked the CIA about Plames status but the CIA is in a cover up role of no comment.
Or maybe Goes gave her up and they are waiting for the trial to expose her.
The more documents that come out the bigger the Wilson lie getsl


33 posted on 04/12/2006 11:28:39 AM PDT by hubno (hub)
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To: smoothsailing

Valerie's ex--this is all so boring

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34 posted on 04/12/2006 11:47:03 AM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: Coop

Thanks for the ping!


35 posted on 04/12/2006 12:32:26 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: rwa265

BTTT


36 posted on 04/12/2006 12:35:17 PM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: smoothsailing

Joe Wilson is the biggest lying piece of crap that ever lived. In other words, he is the face of the Democrat Party.


37 posted on 04/12/2006 12:51:06 PM PDT by Dionysius (ACLU is the enemy)
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To: smoothsailing

BTTT


38 posted on 04/12/2006 4:03:37 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi!)
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To: Howlin
he actually said that Fitzgerald had said at least 3 times that Valerie Plame WAS undercover.

Here's the transcript from his Monday interview with Wolf Blitzer:

WILSON: Well, it certainly makes the case that my wife was a classified officer and, therefore, the leak of her name is a violation of national security. Whether that can be prosecuted and other relevant acts, I have no idea. But at a minimum, it's a violation of national security. There are administrative procedures for that.

BLITZER: But Patrick Fitzgerald is not going after that. He's going after the -- he's simply investigating, at least based on what he's charged so far, that Lewis "Scooter" Libby lied.

WILSON: Well, Mr. Fitzgerald has made it very clear and made it very clear in his press conference two things. One, justice would be served so long as somebody was prosecuted for a crime. And second, he made it very clear that the fact that Mr. Libby had perjured himself and had obstructed justice in the view of the special prosecutor, that had stymied his effort, really, to get to the bottom of the organic crime that he was -- that he was looking in to. But irrespective of whether he prosecutes on the crime, it's important to understand that if you're a classified officer -- and Mr. Fitzgerald has said that repeatedly, that Valerie was -- then the leaking of her name is a violation of the national security.

BLITZER: But why wouldn't somebody be prosecuted for that?

WILSON: Well, again, there may well be administrative sanctions. I think it's very clear if you look at the tact that Mr. Fitzgerald is taking, he's narrowing his prosecution of Mr. Libby to what -- what is, I think, prosecutable under the circumstances.

39 posted on 04/13/2006 5:30:31 AM PDT by angkor
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To: angkor

Am I wrong, or has he NEVER said that?


40 posted on 04/13/2006 7:40:10 AM PDT by Howlin
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