Andrea Mitchell Still "Confused" About the Libby Case

  After being completely humiliated by her involvement in the Plame/Libby case from the beginning as many in the media were, Silent Patriot from C&L writes:

...on Monday's Hardball, Andrea Mitchell said this about how the Bush administration may handle any forthcoming subpoenas in the wake of the the Libby verdict:

(see video) "They're going to try to really tamp this down and appeal to the polling which indicates that most people think, in fact, that he should be pardoned. Scooter Libby should be pardoned."

In "fact," huh? There's one slight problem; only a whopping 18% of Americans support a Libby Pardon. (CNN Poll .pdf)

(h/t Atrios

Here's what she said earlier via Tom Maguire about Valerie Plame's identity::

Murray: Do we have any idea how widely known it was in Washington that Joe Wilson's wife worked for the CIA?

Mitchell: It was widely known among those of us who cover the intelligence community and who were actively engaged in trying to track down who among the foreign service community was the envoy to Niger. So a number of us began to pick up on that. But frankly I wasn't aware of her actual role at the CIA and the fact that she had a covert role involving weapons of mass destruction, not until Bob Novak wrote it.

On 11/23/05, she tried to spin her way out of those remarks, but was made to look like a fool on the Don Imus show: (see video)

Imus: It seems unclear what you said and perhaps you can clear it up about what you said back in Oct. of 2003--
Mitchell: I have been trying to figure out "what-the-heck" I was talking about, frankly. There is confusion because I am confused.
Imus: So when you told Alan Murray of CNBC, that it was widely known that his wife worked for the CIA-(interruption)-what were you drunk?
Mitchell: I don't even remember the deal.
We all know you're confused Andrea, so let me try to help. The media was complicit in the run up to the war because they thought having access to the White House was more important than being journalists and got exposed by the Scooter Libby trial. It's not the American people that want him pardoned, but the Beltway class that failed us so miserably. Digby says it best :
They can weep and moan all they want about the verdict and help the Republicans twist themselves into a pretzels trying to explain why lying about the reasons for a war is less serious than lying about a blow job. Fine. But we know that these mediawhores have been exposed. They can pretend that none of this was important and they can keep the GOP spin machine going with a few more tired whirls around that pole, but the people who are getting the accolades and the pulitzers and who will be remembered for their excellent reporting during this period will be the ones who have had the chutzpah to speak truth to on