A consumer reads the news and tosses it away. A philosopher piles the news three years high in the Dumpster, in reverse chronological order, and reads the oldest first. I am at the part where Judith Miller for the NYTImes builds the case for Saddam's WMDs, feeding the nation Scooter Libbby's party line. Now why did he turn to this useful tool to out Valerie Plame, and how do such reporters get honored and feted?
Heard about the Sentate shutdown, turned on CNN, saw Blitzer asking Rockefeller, "Did Bush lie or did he manipulate the facts?" To which Jay Rockefeller replied, in effect, "I am not sure there is much of a difference, Wolf."
I was struck by how wooden Wolf was. When did he first know we were lied to? What kept him silent until this flagrant news-driving stunt? The full investigation would take us inside the newsrooms to see how the powers that be shaped the story and to what purpose. It takes many people to keep a scam going at the national level. The liars knew they could count on CNN and they were not mistaken. The Democrats have done a brave and noble thing, called the bully a liar to his face. How Wolf can act dumber than Bush is amazing. No outrage that he was duped. Or course not; he never was. Wolf, I would say, was mildly miffed. Put out that he had to report the story that calls implicity his own professional bona fides or competence into question. Shame on them all!