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Thursday, September 07, 2006

On The Plame Affair

My Roanoke Times column is up. Click here. It has to do with the Valerie Plame story. A shameful episode it was.

A Candle Flickering In The Darkness

David Broder is the only liberal columnist who has found it within himself to do the honorable thing with regard to the sordid Plamegate affair:
One Leak and a Flood of Silliness
By David S. Broder, The Washington Post

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.

But caution has been notably lacking in some of the press treatment of this subject -- especially when it comes to Karl Rove. And it behooves us in the media to examine that behavior, not just sweep it under the rug.

[Some] owe Karl Rove an apology. And all of journalism needs to relearn the lesson: Can the conspiracy theories and stick to the facts. (
Read the whole thing. Broder brings up a couple of the more egregious examples of media hatred toward Karl Rove and the Bush administration.

All should take Broder's admonition to heart. They won't, but they should.

Slick Willy Still At It

Bill Clinton fought and won the war on terror. Just ask him. 9/11 was all George Bush's fault.

And don't you dare say anything to the contrary:


By Ian Bishop, New York Post Correspondent

September 7, 2006 -- WASHINGTON - A furious Bill Clinton is warning ABC that its mini-series "The Path to 9/11" grossly misrepresents his pursuit of Osama bin Laden - and he is demanding the network "pull the drama" if changes aren't made.

"The content of this drama is factually and incontrovertibly inaccurate and ABC has the duty to fully correct all errors or pull the drama entirely," the four-page letter said. (

Key word being drama.

I hadn't planned on watching the show, not because I have an aversion to reminiscing about Clinton's antics all those many years ago or reflecting on the fact that the most important achievement of his administration had nothing to do with terrorism but with trigger locks, I just rarely watch network television.

But now that the slickster has voiced his outrage ...

The movie is set to air on Sunday and Monday nights.

Breaking News!

The New York Times takes a moment from its relentless attacks on the war on terror to reflect on the glory days of the transvestite:

Sigh ...
A Safe House for the Girl Within
By Penelope Green

THERE was a pilot and a businessman, an accountant, a librarian and a pharmacologist. There was a newspaper publisher, and a court translator. By day, they were the men in the gray flannel suits, but on the weekends, they were Felicity, Cynthia, Gail, Sandy, Fiona, Virginia and Susanna. It was the dawn of the 1960’s, yet they wore their late 50’s fashions with awkward pride: the white gloves, the demure dresses and low heels, the stiff wigs. Many were married with children, or soon would be. In those pre-Judith Butler, pre-Phil Donahue days, when gender was more tightly tethered to biology, these men’s “gender migrations,” or “gender dysphoria,” as the sociologists began to call cross-dressing, might cost them their marriages, their jobs, their freedom. (link)
" ... when gender was more tightly tethered to biology."

The New York Times: Untethered and loose on the streets.