Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Predictable Rove Reaction

How predictable that the N&O would run a front page top story yesterday on Karl Rove that echoed every talking point from Liberal interests groups and the DNC. Rather than conclude that Rove most likely did not commit a crime (a conclusion most legitimate commentators have reached), the N&O chose to print this gem: such a disclosure could be a felony. Well, a lot of disclosures could be a felony, but it looks like this one isn't. Any paper seeking the truth rather than printing a political attack piece would be able to explain the difference.

The article also incorrectly stated that Rove was fingered as the source of a news leak that exposed a CIA undercover officer in 2003. Rove may have been one source of the leak, but the odds are high that there are other sources of the information. In fact Novak has already stated that he had at least 2 sources (and one of them may not have been Rove).

Today the N&O follows up with more front page coverage under the header GOP defends Rove. So yesterday's headline must have been Democrats and Liberal interest groups attack Rove? No, in fact the N&O chose this gem yesterday: Firestorm erupts around Rove. No mention in the headline about the partisan nature of the attacks.

Cynical Nation has more here.