Monday, July 18, 2005

The Deafening Silence

I caught Johathan Alter in a live interview with Chris Jansing on MSNBC this morning. Alter moved the conversation toward the "bigger picture" in the Plame case--namely the cooking of intelligence on Iraq--and an interesting thing happened. Jansing steered him back to talking specifics about Rove, Plame, Wilson, and Libby.

Interesting, I thought. That's pretty much exactly the kind of thing Russert did yesterday on Meet the Press.

Then I though, Duh! We've got elephants hiding behind elephants here.

If you buy that the real target of Fitzgerald's investigation isn't Karl Rove (which I kind of do), then you're left with the conclusion that Fitzgerald is going after somebody bigger. And who's bigger than Karl Rove? I can only think of two guys...

And I think that what's going on in the mainstream media is that nobody wants to be the first to mention the names Richard Cheney and George W. Bush in connection with Fitzgerald's investigation.

Which is probably a smart move on the part of the mainstream media. Let Fitzgerald do the heavy lifting--and take the heat.

9 comments:

  1. "If you buy that the real target of Fitzgerald's investigation isn't Karl Rove (which I kind of do),"

    I have thought it likely as well. Perhaps Rove for a few counts of obstruction but Fitzgerald seems to have bigger fish to fry.

    "then you're left with the conclusion that Fitzgerald is going after somebody bigger. And who's bigger than Karl Rove? I can only think of two guys...

    "And I think that what's going on in the mainstream media is that nobody wants to be the first to mention the names Richard Cheney and George W. Bush in connection with Fitzgerald's investigation."

    I agree and would add, from your blog to God's ear.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for stopping by and posting, Bobski. I'm guessing (hoping) Fitzgerald manages to break through the spin cycle and expose the facts to the light of day.

    Jeff

    ReplyDelete
  3. It is not only smart to let Fitzgerald do the heavy lifting, it is the responsible thing to do. Journalists who start throwing the names of Cheney and Bush out there with no evidence will be acting irresponsibly.

    These are two big issues - the CIA leak and the lead up to the war in Iraq. Both extremely serious matters, in my mind, and the latter rises to the level of 'high crimes' as far as I'm concerned. Therefore, I demand a standard of proof appropriate to such criminal acts.

    If Fitzgerald digs up information to nail Bush, Cheney, and Rove to the wall, then by God let's nail 'em up there. But until that evidence is produced (and I'm talking evidence beyond a reasonable doubt here - that's our criminal standard in this country) I think the media would be remiss in drawing early conclusions.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Well, I don't think the conclusion is an "early" one. Cheney's involvement with the CIAs "official" assesments on WMD is fairly well known.

    But yeah, the MSM has to be real careful about bringing up the B and C words when discussing a criminal investigation.

    Which is why (I think) even Shor, Rich, and Alter were careful not to mention them in their recent pieces.

    Jeff

    ReplyDelete
  5. Has anyone seen Cheney lately? He seems to be keeping a low profile. I guess he's busy burning documents and deleting electronic records.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Betcha a copper penny you're rigtht.

    Jeff

    ReplyDelete
  7. Lol - yeah, that's what he's doing.

    Gotta love blogs ;)

    ReplyDelete
  8. ....at an undisclosed location....

    ReplyDelete
  9. ...Deep below Wayne Manor.

    ReplyDelete