Saturday, November 24, 2007

Was McClellan Book Excerpt Really About Valerie Plame Wilson?

Was McClellan Book Excerpt Really About Valerie Plame Wilson?
By Noel Sheppard

Without peeking, do you think the now infamous excerpt from White House press secretary Scott McClellan's not yet written book specifically referred to Valerie Plame Wilson, or anything to do with that scandal?

While you ponder, it is quite conceivable that this entire media frenzy is not only much ado about nothing, but an example of what happens when today's so-called journalists see what they believe to be Republican blood in the water despite the presence of red dye #2.

As cleverly pointed out by Lee Hempfling Thursday (emphasis added):

"Like a pack of starving banshees, jumping at the first odor of raw flesh, the liberal and foreign press have fallen all over themselves to write about a short excerpt of a book by Scott McClellan. The problem is, the quote offered says nothing about the topic the lunatics have attributed it to."

Let's take a close look at the actual excerpt and see what the real subject was (emphasis added to point you in the right direction):

"The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.

There was one problem. It was not true.

I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President's chief of staff, and the President himself."

Do you see Valerie Plame Wilson's name anywhere in this excerpt? No.

So, why were media outlets - in particular, MSNBC - so quick to conclude that this had anything to do with her?
When you read that excerpt without the preconceived notion that it's about Plame, isn't it actually about the failure to find WMD?

As such, isn't it likely that the "false information" McClellan "unknowingly passed along" dealt with weapons in Iraq, and that this is what "Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President's chief of staff, and the President himself" were involved in? Honestly, where in these 121 words can one deduce this has anything to do with Plame without stretching to spine-breaking conclusions?

In the end, the reading comprehensions skills of the media appear quite abysmal, and we should all be ashamed for not recognizing it sooner.

Bravo, Lee.


Anonymous bobcat said...

Now, this was a clever analysis. Why didn't anybody read this nonsense more carefully?

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it so hard to believe that wmd's were moved out of Iraq prior to our invasion? There seems to be a belief that if Saddam had anything he would have used it against us there. Really? To what effect? He would have lost in even more dramatic fashion as well as totally justifying the invasion for Bush.

He was no such fool.A murderous tyrant, but no fool.


7:35 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I think he believed we weren't going to invade him until the 11th hour, then, it was too late to do anything except ship them elsewhere.

I don't know why people find it so hard to believe; we telegraphed our moves for weeks--he had plenty of time to move the stuff elsewhere.

8:36 AM  
Blogger FairestWitness said...

Typical liberals striking before they have the facts.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that they don't often strike after the facts, as well as in spite of the facts.
Since when do facts interfere with a leftist's thinking anyway?


10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked John Gibson's attitude about the whole Plame affair: Go after this internal cabal and prosecute them if necesary to stop this nonsense!


5:24 PM  
Blogger beakerkin said...

One thing that you should know is there alot of far left types in government. The hiring process tends to bring in many people with useless
degrees spoon fed Chomsky, Marx and
Anti- Americanism. The sole exceptions are generally ex-military types and people working second careers.

I am presently in Kansas City on the second of four destinations. My
peers and I have discussed this situation. Mark Levin is a Constitutional scholar and pointed out that one can not be prosecuted for perjury in the absence of a crime. The judge in the Libby case did not allow the prosecution to present its case that the law in question did not cover Plame. Moreover, the woman who wrote the language of the law testified Plame was not covered by the law and she elaborated on the Levin show. Moreover, the person who did reveal
Plame's identity was Richard Armitage.

Jmac good to hear from you. I will return to NYC at the end of December.

7:45 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Beak--how nice to hear from you! I've been kinda following your travels and tests etc. You have a nice Thanksgiving? We still are!

6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, they were certainly moved out...And pass the tin foil hat!

5:43 AM  

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