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Thursday, September 07, 2006

David Broder Calls For Apologies

Now that the Plame case is null and void (as if it were ever anything other than that), David Broder from the Washington Post is calling on his colleagues in the media to issue an apology to Karl Rove:

Conspiracy theories flourish in politics, and most of them have no more basis than spring training hopes for the Chicago Cubs.

Whenever things turn dicey for Republicans, they complain about the "liberal media" sabotaging them. And when Democrats get in a jam, they take up Hillary Clinton's warnings about a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

For much of the past five years, dark suspicions have been voiced about the Bush White House undermining its critics, and Karl Rove has been fingered as the chief culprit in this supposed plot to suppress the opposition.

Now at least one count in that indictment has been substantially weakened -- the charge that Rove masterminded a conspiracy to discredit Iraq intelligence critic Joseph Wilson by "outing" his CIA-operative wife, Valerie Plame.

I have written almost nothing about the Wilson-Plame case, because it seemed overblown to me from the start. Wilson's claim in a New York Times op-ed about his memo on the supposed Iraqi purchase of uranium yellowcake from Niger; the Robert D. Novak column naming Plame as the person who had recommended Wilson to check up on the reported sale; the call for a special prosecutor and the lengthy interrogation that led to the jailing of Judith Miller of the New York Times and the deposition of several other reporters; and, finally, the indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff -- all of this struck me as being a tempest in a teapot.

No one behaved well in the whole mess -- not Wilson, not Libby, not special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald and not the reporters involved.

Question, ladies and gentlemen; Why is it that Karl Rove should be the only one apologized to? The MSM had took their shots at Pres. Bush, Vice President Cheney, and others within the administration. So, why just Rove?

Granted, a lot of the focus was on Karl Rove, after Joe Wilson's wonderful proclamation that he'd like to see Rove "frog-marched" out of the White House in handcuffs. Since then, the sharks came out for him, and Rove had his own versiuon of the "night of long knives" for the better part of three years. And it was the MSM who had the knives.

Now David Brodfer is calling for an apology to Karl Rove. I th8ink it should be extended to everyone involved in slamming the administration over the Plame case. Furthermore, I'd like to see the MSM admit that they were wrong--completely wrong--and issue their formal apology. After all, they were the detractors in this case, and they were dead wrong in their assertions.

Karl Rove wasn't involved; neither was the president or vice president. This was all done by one man, and a very disingenuous one at that. He kept silent when the grand jury was convened, and Fitzgerald was appointed. He kept his yap shut when the preisident issued call after call for the leaker to come forward. And for three years we've had a three-ring circus. So if there's an apology issued, it needs to be issued to all their alleged participants, not just one.

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