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Entries by Eric Boehlert from 07/2005

Shhh, Don't Wake the Press

| Posted 07.07.2005 | Huffington Post

It's been six days since Lawrence O'Donnell reported internal Time Magazine emails handed over to the independent prosecutor would show Karl Rove was the source Time reporter Matt Cooper had been protecting. It's been three days since Newsweek confirmed, "The e-mails surrendered by Time Inc., which are largely between Cooper and his editors, show that one of Cooper's sources was White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove." Does any of this sound like news? Apparently not for reporters covering the White House.

Noted at ABC

| Posted 07.11.2005 | Politics
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Returning from a week off of summer R&R, ABC's The Note, the agenda-setting daily tip sheet for the Beltway press class, today summarizes what's "consuming" the so-called Gang of 500. And wouldn’t you know it, the embarrassing outing of Karl Rove as Matt Cooper's CIA source is not among today's approved hot topics.

WSJ Woes

| Posted 07.13.2005 | Politics
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It's always amusing when the RNC says jump, to see how high the Wall Street Journal Op-Ed page will elevate. This morning's lead editorial, typed right from RNC talking points, rushes to Karl Rove's defense. Turns out he was not acting as a partisan when spreading classified gossip about Joseph Wilson's wife. Instead, he was a hero for speaking the truth, the real "whistleblower" in this saga. It's a classic example of the Journal leaping on demand.

Scooter's Field Trip

| Posted 07.19.2005 | Politics
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Lots of chatter about a classified State Department memo that was distributed and read aboard Air Force One the day after Joseph Wilson's New York Times Op-ed outed the White House and its bogus Niger claim. The memo stands as a possible source for White House officials such as Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, both of whom were dishing to Time magazine's Matt Cooper about Wilson and Plame during the summer of 2003. But there may be an easier explanation for how Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, found out Plame worked at the CIA -- he simply visited her workplace…

The Ghost of Ed Meese

| Posted 07.25.2005 | Politics
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If the notion of a timely, legal heads-up from inside a Republican administration during the early days of a burgeoning scandal sounds familiar, it should. We've seen this act before, specifically during Iran-Contra, which ultimately crippled president Reagan's second term. Back then, the tip-off came from Reagan's AG and devoted troubleshooter, Ed Meese. Working from the inside and determined to protect the president, Meese's sloppy, out-of-the-gate legal work conveniently gave key Iran-Contra players, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and former national security advisor John Poindexter, ample time to destroy relevant documents regarding the White House's illegal arms-for-hostage initiative.

Newsweek, Time Heart John Roberts

| Posted 07.26.2005 | Politics

John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court certainly qualified as Big News at both Time and Newsweek, which delivered all-hands-on-deck profiles for this week's issue. Fawning, glowing, congratulatory, adulatory, Sycophantic. Take your pick, the stories are so over the top they have to be read to be believed, with the only real question being should Fred Thompson—Roberts' WH-appointed handler--have received ghostwriting credit? I mean, how could Thompson possible top Newsweek's almost comical portrait of Roberts as a too-good-to-be-true "centrist" who's "enormously self-confident" but "not arrogant or showy." An "unpretentious" "regular guy" with a "wicket wit" who "mows his own lawn." According to the weekly he's loyal to church, family, school and "most importantly" (wait for it…) "to the law."

Newsweek's Woes, Cont'd

| Posted 07.28.2005 | Politics
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Is Newsweek going to have to run a second correction next week in the wake of its reverential profile of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, the one currently on newsstands? Not only did Newsweek get spun by the White House which claimed that Roberts never joined the right-wing legal group, the Federalist Society, which turned out to be wrong. But Newsweek also got spun by Roberts' buddies who insisted the Justice-to-be really didn't have much to do with the partisan legal wrangling during the 2000 Florida recount, which, if he did, might prove troublesome during his confirmation hearings.