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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004

    September 1, 2006
    Joe Wilson: Big Fat Liar

    Keith Olbermann has repeatedly invoked the lies of Joe Wilson to defame White House officials in segment after segment. He has gleefully hosted guests and "reporters" such as David Shuster who have piled accusation after accusation. After Patrick Fitzgerald's case against Karl Rove collapses like a wet taco, Olbermann was not only silent but not even on the air that day. When the Senate Intelligence committee reported that Wilson had lied in his New York Times Op-Ed (and in subsequent public comments) about what he had reported on his return from Niger prior to the Iraq War Olbermann was silent.

    Through it all Olbermann Watch has dutifully cataloged every lie and every slanderous "news" segment.

    It is nice to see then that a major American newspaper - the Washington Post - has finally coming around to what we here at ObyWatch have known all along: that Joe Wilson is a liar who was the person most responsible for ending his wife's CIA career. We hear that the New York Times is prepared to drop its own "mea culpa" piece this weekend. How convenient. Having run banner headlines on this story for years, both papers wait until Labor Day weekend to admit they were duped.

    From this day forward, I call on clear-thinking OlbyWatch readers to reply any further attempts to lend credence to Wilson's claims by simply linking this editorial.

    OlbyLoons would do well to read today's Washington Post editorial on PlameGate. I will update this post with the New York Times piece as well.

    It begins "It turns out that the person who exposed CIA agent Valerie Plame was not out to punish her husband" and notes "all those who have opined on this affair ought to take note of the not-so-surprising disclosure that the primary source of the newspaper column in which Ms. Plame's cover as an agent was purportedly blown in 2003 was former deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage."

    It continues "Unaware that Ms. Plame's identity was classified information, Mr. Armitage reportedly passed it along to columnist Robert D. Novak "in an offhand manner, virtually as gossip," according to a story this week by the Post's R. Jeffrey."

    A few other highlights...

    - one of the most sensational charges leveled against the Bush White House -- that it orchestrated the leak of Ms. Plame's identity to ruin her career and thus punish Mr. Wilson -- is untrue.

    - the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame's CIA career is Mr. Wilson

    - Mr. Wilson falsely claimed "that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials."

    - Wilson "diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush's closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It's unfortunate that so many people took him seriously."

    Have a nice weekend!

    Posted by Robert Cox | Permalink | Comments (30) | | View blog reactions


    Maybe Olby will name Joe Wilson WPITW tonight, because even the Washington Post now says that the main person responsible for outing Plame was Joe Wilson himself.

    What are the odds for Wilson being WPITW?

    The editorial in today's Post and the write-up above are both nothing but lies. You people wouldn't know the truth if it hit you in the head wioth a 2x4.


    Good point, the Washington Post is notorious for being in the bag for the Bush administration. And the Senate Intelligence committee's finding that Wilson lied in his NYT Op-Ed is just part of the coverup which has now enlarged to include Democratic Senators. And, of course, when tomorrow's New York Times parrots the WaPo piece we will see how the Times' is just a print version of Fox News.

    Everything coming out of the chattering class on both sides are sincere but they do not have infused knowledge. Get real and realize the American public gets mis informed every damn day! All we can do if sift, read and vote, Come Novemb er all this chattering will be over and may the non washington corps decide truthfully and rightly for the next 2 years.

    DP, it's all a Rovian Plot(tm)! He has the editorial boards at WaPo and NYT in a tinfoil tractor beam of some kind!!


    Bunch of fuckin' losers.

    I'm not sure I've ever heard the term "infused knowledge" before.

    It sounds like a new sort of cocktail.

    Novak, or as Jon Stewart of the Daily show refers to him, the douchebag, outed the name of an undercover CIA Agent. The Bush Administration political operatives supplied the name. Libby will go to jail because he lied about this conspiracy.

    Joe Wilson and his Wife are the victims here. No amount of stenography from Lapdogs like Washington Post will change that.

    I look forward to the Civil trial.

    We all look forward to the civil trial, with the possible or I should say "probable" exception of Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame. In fact, I look for the lawsuit to be quietly dropped soon. There is no way Wilson and Plame want to be cross examined by Libby's lawyers. I think they filed the lawsuit as a publicity stunt leading up to the elections, and were going to drop it after the elections. Now, I feel sure they will quietly drop the lawsuit before then.

    But I HOPE it goes to trial. I would love for the Libby team to hire Mark Levin to cross examine Wilson and Plame. THAT I would pay to see.

    I am not one for conspiracy theories but this is almost starting to sound like the lefties setting up Bush .
    I too await the trial and I'll just bet that you liberal moonbat scum might get the ass kicking you deserve.
    we'll see whose tin foil hat has better reception

    You're getting this worked up over one editorial? This one editorial has confirmed everything you guys have "documented" about Wilson? Stay tuned for next weeks issue of "Elevated Sense of Importance" by Robert Cox.

    You're getting this worked up over one editorial?

    And what does this one little editorial say?

    That Armitage was the leaker, that there is no evidence of a conspiracy to leak Plame's name in order to get back at a critic and that, as Pincus and Woodward have said, this whole thing emanates from the twisted mind of Joseph Wilson.

    Other than that, yeah, it's just one measely editorial.


    3 years of this bogus Wilson Scandal. What a waste of time. All that has been written, all the news talk shows, the cover of vanity fair. And it turns out the leak didn't even come from the administration. The dems are losers. You guys need to get a life.

    Well Armitage was part of the administration he was just not working in the White House, was not viewed as a partisan political operative and, according to Newsweek, had no nefarious intent in telling Novak that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA. Also, that he was not aware that her work at the CIA was classified.

    I think it is worth noting when the Washington Post, no friend of the Republicans, totally and unequivocally repudiates Joe Wilson in light of Olbermann spending HOURS and HOURS of air time on flogging every lie Joe Wilson ever told, slandering White House officials, airing repeated predictions of a pending indictment of Karl Rove and then POOF the entire thing proves to be what we here at Olbermann Watch have said all along - a partisan witch hunt played as WaterGate II by a desperate liberal media. Next up...The Wilson's "lawsuit" is tossed out of court...Scooter Libby is exonerated...Patrick Fitzgerald packs up and goes back to Illinois.

    So much fot the "16 words".

    Joe Wilson is the left's OJ Simpson

    the lawsuit coincided with wilsos' book-shopping deals, did it not?


    I'm not sure I've ever heard the term "infused knowledge" before.

    It sounds like a new sort of cocktail.

    3 years of this bogus Wilson Scandal. What a waste of time. All that has been written, all the news talk shows, the cover of vanity fair. And it turns out the leak didn't even come from the administration. The dems are losers. You guys need to get a life.

    Why does this sound so familiar...

    I remember now. This was the SAME DAMN THING we told the Republicans when they spent $80 million dollars of taxpayer money for a six-year investigation into the Whitewater land deal. An investigation, I might add, that concluded that Hillary Clinton had not committed any criminal wrongdoing.

    An investigation, I might add, that concluded that Hillary Clinton had not committed any criminal wrongdoing.

    And an investigation that sent the sitting governor of Arkansas and several of his cronies to jail.


    Bush and company can do anything and they are completely innocent in your eyes. What fools. One day you will regret supporting these bastards.

    Let me clarify: THEY will cause you to regret supporting them.

    Let me clarify: THEY will cause you to regret supporting them.

    It won't matter to the Democrats. They will go around repeating the lies of Joe Wilson until the day they die. Nothing could make them tell the truth. Joe lied. Democrats credibility died. Wait, that didn't make sense. They never had any credibility.

    You say that the 9/11 commission proved Wilson lied, care to explain? When I read that all I saw was that according to the testimony of one single CIA agent Plame recommended him. If this was true he did lie about how he was sent there, the problem is that another CIA agent, Plame's boss, testified she had nothing to do with the trip. Also, care to tell me how this makes his claim that the Niger story was based on clearly false documents a lie. I have never seen a more obvious forgery in my life, have you actually looked at those documents that Bush used as a justification for making that claim in his state of the union address.

    Also, care to explain that if this is even true why that would allow the administration to run a smear campaign against him and his wife. Remember, his wife worked on issues relating to WMDs in Iraq. You don't think that could possibly have anything to do with why she was targeted?

    I like what you are trying to do with this blog and if you really are open to opposing comments I solute you. Expect me to post rebuttals to what you post each night, I love open discussions like these.

    (would be mighty nice for you to make a similar blog about that liar called O'Reilly)

    David Broder says many in the media owe Karl Rove an apology

    One Leak and a Flood of Silliness

    "...These and other publications owe Karl Rove an apology. And all of journalism needs to relearn the lesson: Can the conspiracy theories and stick to the facts."

    Matt Sheffield sends along this little tidbit...

    Matthews to NewsBusters: Plame Story Too Complicated to Cover Now

    Q: So I've noticed you haven't done anything on the whole Valerie Plame story since the Armitage story broke. Why not invite Joe Wilson on the show to defend himself?

    A: Because he'd say basically the same thing he always says. 'My wife had no involvement in getting me the mission.' He'd just repeat it over and over.

    Q: Maybe, but isn't it at least worth showing your viewers that this guy has no credibility considering how much you talked about the story before? Shouldn't he be held accountable for wasting all our time? Why not invite one of his representatives or defenders on the show?

    A: Well, the story's just gotten so complicated. I mean, it's just such a mess. Because what if it's true that Armitage was the source, but those other guys [presumably Rove and Scooter Libby], also were leakers, what then?

    Q: Isn't that a question worth exploring on your show?

    A: It could be but the problem is that Dick Cheney has so many apologists it's ridiculous. So many journalists like Bob Woodward will say or do anything just to get access to him. And then all the people in the administration too.

    Q: I don't see why this is stopping you from mentioning the story at all. The viewers at least need some sort of closure don't they?

    A: Hey listen I need to get out of here. I have to get back home.

    You know its bad when The New York Times gets out the oars and starts to rowback.

    Source in C.I.A. Leak Case Voices Remorse

    "the confirmation of Mr. Armitage’s role, long the subject of news media speculation, showed that the initial leak of Ms. Wilson’s identity did not originate from the White House as part of a concerted political attack against her husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, who had criticized the administration over the Iraq war. Rather it was divulged by a senior State Department official who was not regarded as a close political ally of Mr. Cheney or other presidential aides involved in the underlying issues in the case."

    That link from NewsBusters was incredible!

    I do enjoy Chris Matthews and Hardball and feel that despite Matthews' political background as a former liberal spinmeister and strategist, that unlike Keith Olbermann, Matthews understands the political spectrum of ideas and feels obliged to air differing views and what's better, enjoys airing them.

    However after watching him spin COMPLEX scenario after scenario of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney machinations towards the Wilsons..I have been flabbergasted to see him come to a dead stop now.

    Reading the Newsbusters piece is a hoot. Of course Matthews could continue to do what liberals are doing and say that Libby and Rove had talked to reporters...etc...etc... but the reason Matthew really doesn't bother is that he's lost interest. It's doubtful the Scooter Libby indictment will come to much or Karl Rove will be frog-marched out the WH, let alone Dick Cheney... So Matthews doesn't care anymore.

    When Matthews says the story is too "complicated" he really means that it's no longer the simple media driven narrative of Nixonian Cheney and all the president's men.... Now Fitzgerald looks less than pristine...Wilson looks far less than pristine...and political manuervings of competing govt agencies (State, CIA, WH)have diluted the cartoon the media knows that it looks to have been too willingly a party to political theater...

    So now when Matthews says Plamegate is too complicated a story to bring to his viewers ...what he's really saying is that the potential to hurt the Administration has disappeared... so why bother...and so the guy who used to wax fantastic as to Cheney/Rove plots, is now just bored to damn tears...