Friday, August 19, 2005

Dishonest European MSM (2)

Here's an example of a lefty American murdering the facts to smear the Administration in a Brit newspaper.

It's from the Financial Times, a business publication with New York Times politics which is widely read by European business people. Yesterday it published a comment piece on the Plame Kerfuffle by Marvin Kalb, a "senior fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government".

What Watergate could teach the White House

Somebody is lying. So wrote Terry Neal, a Washington Post reporter, on July 25 2005. He was writing about one of the strangest stories to engulf the White House since the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001. It is the story of an official investigation into who leaked the name of a CIA operative to the media. According to a 1982 law, that kind of leak would be illegal. Two prominent names have emerged in the investigation of the leak - Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's deputy chief of staff, and Lewis Libby, vice-president Dick Cheney's chief of staff.

...According to recent opinion polls, including an August 7 poll in Newsweek magazine, the American people are increasingly of the view that Mr Rove, whom Mr Bush described as the "architect" of his 2004 re-election, may be guilty of unethical or illegal behavior in connection with the leak.

The writer misrepresents every fact of the affair, presenting Plame as an undercover spy (she wasn't and her position in the CIA was common knowledge), her husband as a brave seeker after truth (rather than a nutty Clintonite who hates Bush), Rove as a disingenuous leaker (rather than a straight shooter), The Washington Post as the whistle blower on Rove (rather than the paper that "outed" Plame). Etc, etc.

DU readers probably know all this - for those that don't, here's a good summary.

Mrs. Plame is the former CIA agent who suggested that her husband, former diplomat Joseph Wilson, an opponent of Mr. Bush's Iraq policy, be dispatched to Africa in February 2002 to investigate whether Saddam Hussein had attempted to purchase "yellowcake" uranium from Niger.

What is known thus far suggests that:1) Mr. Wilson has misrepresented his wife's role in getting him the assignment and his own findings of his investigation in Niger; 2) In July 2003, when columnist Robert Novak first mentioned in passing that Mrs. Plame worked for the CIA, she was not functioning as a covert agent and her work for the CIA was common knowledge; and 3) That if there were-- against the public record -- a covert status to be exposed, it was possibly Mr. Wilson, with a speculative assist from David Corn, who writes for the Nation magazine.

But if you get your information from the Financial Times, you wouldn't know this. I recommend that Brits who need good financial coverage subscribe to the Wall Street Journal Europe - it does not retail lies.