Friday, March 16, 2007

Fake news indeed

The right wing dismisses The Daily Show as fake news. We know otherwise. So do lots of folks in the mainstream media, if Tom Brokaw is any indication. But this is new, at least to me: a leading national politician acknowledging the heavy lifting done by "fake news."

Dr. James Knodell, director of the Office of Security at the White House, told a congresisonal committee today that he was aware of no internal investigation or report into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame.

The White House had first opposed Knodell testifying but after a threat of a subpoena from the committee yesterday he was allowed to appear today.

Knodell has testified that those who had participated in the leaking of classified information were required to attest to this and he was aware that no one, including Karl Rove, had done that.

Rep. Waxman recalled that President Bush had promised a full internal probe. Knodell repeated that no probe took place, as far as he knew, and was not happening today.

Knodell said he had "no" conversations whatsoever with the president, vice president, Karl Rove or anyone about the leak.

Asked by chairman Rep. Henry Waxman if he knew this was an issue of concern, he said "yes." Asked if he learned this from the White House or the press, he said, "through the press."


Democrats challenged his assertion that no probe was necessary since a criminal investigation was underway. They said that the criminal probe was narrowly focused, started well after the leak -- during which the White House apparently did nothing -- and that in any case, the White House was required to carry out its own probe and deny security clearances to anyone who had leaked classified information.

They demanded to know why Rove's security clearance had not been revoked.

Rep. Waxman at one point said that he regretted not being able to put up a video of the president promising a full probe but added, "I guess we will leave that to The Daily Show."

Thus has the Fourth Estate defaulted to Comedy Central. The second time around, it should come as no surprise that Vietnam/Watergate repeats as farce.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad that Brokaw didn't take the time to have such a video put together even after being called out by Waxman.

Speaking of historic parallels, how many WH correspondents do you imagine could offer an accurate accounting of what the "Saturday Night Massacre" involved?

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