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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!