Marked for death: WaPo calls MediaWhoregate a non-story (Update: Flashback video)

posted at 11:13 am on September 1, 2006 by Allahpundit

Which it is, and has been for some time now.

They’ll regret this:

Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame’s CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming — falsely, as it turned out — that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He 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.

The nutroots has invested too much in this story to tolerate the media’s surrender on it, particularly when there’s still plenty of fake-but-accurate/”larger truth” idiocy left to mine. The proper approach when the enemy has you at a disadvantage is to fight, not apologize. To cave this quickly borders on collaborationism. All in good time…

Before Plamegate disappears into the ether, take a trip down memory lane by revisiting this dKos diary from June describing the author’s breathless encounter at Yearly Kos with the world’s most reclusive, publicity-shy lying media whore. “We actually have a conversation with Joseph Wilson. With Joseph Wilson!” Oh, and this too; you’re looking for their grand entrance at the very beginning and Colby’s mention of Plame towards the end. Four months later, the fact that he stood there and blamed Bush for her cover being blown turns out to be the one funny part of that routine.

Now more than ever!

Update: Here, I saved you the trouble of picking through the old video clip of Colbert. Here’s Ambassador Whore and his charming bride on the red carpet at the correspondents’ dinner, flashbulbs a-poppin’, followed by Colby’s bit. Listen to those laughs!


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How long before Valerie is on the cover of that other magazine as the “Plamemate of the Month”?

Mr. Bingley on September 1, 2006 at 11:18 AM

Rich. Joe is a wanna’ be who had to have his 15 minutes and got 3 years.

Sticky Notes on September 1, 2006 at 11:22 AM

When does the left beging chanting its call for Armitage’s head? Frog march, frog march, frog march!

Pablo on September 1, 2006 at 11:24 AM

Suma sumarum on the “leak of no leaks”:

Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame’s CIA career is Mr. Wilson…It’s unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.

Entelechy on September 1, 2006 at 11:25 AM

Pablo, they won’t because he’s alreay half theirs and has always been. His intellect is “misoverestimated” :)

They don’t call it “Foggy Bottom” for nothin’!

Entelechy on September 1, 2006 at 11:28 AM

Hmm…they’ve got new counsel trying to float this turd. Press release (Word doc)

Pablo on September 1, 2006 at 11:28 AM

Entelechy, I know. I just like pointing it out, like the guy who keeps going to the White House to ask if he can see President Kerry. :-)

Pablo on September 1, 2006 at 11:30 AM

Is he employed! I mean besides pimping his wife, does he actually work?

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on September 1, 2006 at 11:38 AM

What a shmuck this guy is. Ever since I first saw him he looked like a camera pig. What the heck was he doing working for the State Department. He is such an “ugly American” that americans don’t like him.

Shmo on September 1, 2006 at 11:40 AM

Yup! Longest crappiest 15 minutes ever!

Drtuddle on September 1, 2006 at 11:45 AM

It’s unfortunate that so many people took him seriously

.

I think it’s more like the liberals made him out to be their hero – the one who was going to bring down the evil administration. Say it aint so, Joe. I think it’s about time this sideshow gets put to bed, once and for all.

Rick on September 1, 2006 at 11:47 AM

The new MSM strategy is not to state “mea culpa” for pimping a non-story for three years. The guns are now trained on Joe and Val, and blaming the whole thing on them. I am shocked….shocked that the MSM would avoid any responsibility for the hysteria and promotion of the left’s culture of conniption.

Mallard T. Drake on September 1, 2006 at 11:51 AM

He is a “retired” Ambassador so quite obviously he has a nice little Government pension. If he had to make a living, he wouldnt be able to play “political gadfly”. Wonder what VF paid for their pics? And is the IRS going to audit that nestegg of “legal aid donations”? Only if Hillary were in the WH.

labwrs on September 1, 2006 at 11:52 AM

It’s interesting to read the editorial in the WaPo – aren’t they one of the MSM outlets that continued to pimp the story for three years? This was a non-story from the beginning and now that it has been shown that it is not some vast right wing conspiracy or rovian plot to destroy a glorified secretary and her husband, the moonbats are silent. I guess it’s not quite so glamorous to go after Armitage – a guy who’s basically on their side.

oh well. i’m just really glad that taxpayers spent an obscene amount of money on an investigation that wasn’t necessary. sarcasm off/ typical washington bullsh*t.

pullingmyhairout on September 1, 2006 at 11:57 AM

This must be Karl Rove’s fault…

ChelleFiche on September 1, 2006 at 12:00 PM

I don’t question the timing! /sarc

Entelechy on September 1, 2006 at 12:03 PM

I’ve never understood how “outing” Valerie was designed to punish Mr. Wilson. I mean, outing her didn’t do anything. It didn’t discredit him (or her). What damage was done to them? If anything, their income will and prestige will increase.

There are much better ways to assassinate someone’s character than allegedly leaking where his wife works. The whole thing has been a silly charade from the beginning.

NPP on September 1, 2006 at 12:24 PM

I don’t question the timing! /sarc
Entelechy on September 1, 2006 at 12:03 PM

I posted that elsewhere….how long will it take for someone to question the timing?

shooter on September 1, 2006 at 12:26 PM

Obviously this is a Rovian ploy, much like the ‘supposed’ terror plot in London earlier this month, to try and divert attention away from the Most Important Story Ever in the history of the world: Lamont’s primary win in Conn.

Mr. Bingley on September 1, 2006 at 12:34 PM

Dezi Arnez had oodles of talent. For Colbert to compare him to Mr. Wilson is a huge insult to Dezi.

Dezi was a flawed man but he was busy and productive most of the time. Where are the feminists?

Entelechy on September 1, 2006 at 12:35 PM

For months on end Chris Matthews was hyperventilating over this story and how it would expose Bush, Cheney and Rove as the masterminds who outed Plame. Not only Matthews, you can throw in Olbermann and his puppet-head sidekick David Shuster and the entire “unbiased” panel on Matthews Sunday morning show on CBS. They all KNEW indictments were coming down, any day, yet they never came. They trumpeted the anticipated gloomy outcome for weeks, months and years on end.

They were wrong, again. Trying to manufacture a story based upon their desired outcome and shoving it down the throat of their gullible left-wing viewing audience (all 3 of them), has resulted in just another eating crow banquet for the MSM.

Standing by for the apologies …….

fogw on September 1, 2006 at 12:40 PM

FOGW, I think the apologies will be a long time coming and if they ever do come they’ll be burried in the sports section of every major newspaper and in the last brief seconds of the Sunday & other shows.

Catie96706 on September 1, 2006 at 12:54 PM

Valerie is hot!!!! Colbert is not…funny, never has been.

Andy in Agoura Hills on September 1, 2006 at 12:57 PM

Standing by for the apologies …….

you will be standing for a very long time, my friend.

pullingmyhairout on September 1, 2006 at 1:05 PM

FOGW, I think the apologies will be a long time coming and if they ever do come they’ll be burried in the sports section of every major newspaper and in the last brief seconds of the Sunday & other shows.

they aren’t going to happen at all. this is very embarrassing for the MSM and they will do their best to do the CYA thing. Apologies?? nah.

pullingmyhairout on September 1, 2006 at 1:06 PM

or, they’ll just rewrite history and pretend it didn’t happen. they’re really good at that…

pullingmyhairout on September 1, 2006 at 1:07 PM

There are much better ways to assassinate someone’s character than allegedly leaking where his wife works. The whole thing has been a silly charade from the beginning.

Right, like the “campaign to discredit Joe Wilson” was tiresome the minute they decided to float it. Since when is it unethical, let alone illegal, to discredit someone who’s spewing lies about you, and about a matter directly related to our national security/foreign policy in the New York Times?

I’d be disappointed if they didn’t counter strenuously, which it appears they didn’t.

Pablo on September 1, 2006 at 1:13 PM

A bit of caution to all truth seekers….

The NY Slimes and other fish wrap are trying to convince their readers that Ms. Plame(out) was “covert“. I am not sure where they are picking that up, as the evidence shows otherwise.

Captain America on September 1, 2006 at 1:51 PM

With apologies to all who just can’t get past scumbag Joe Wilson, I gotta tell ya, Andy‘s right: she’s pretty hot for a middle aged Mom with dyed blond hair.

Dang.

Jaibones on September 1, 2006 at 2:24 PM

Frogmarchalicious.

JammieWearingFool on September 1, 2006 at 2:27 PM

Joe reveals himself

What a guy.

JammieWearingFool on September 1, 2006 at 2:31 PM

Captain America:

Evidence?? They don’t need no stinkin’ evidence!

ChelleFiche on September 1, 2006 at 3:52 PM

Jaibones, assuming, from your perspective, that she’s ‘hot’, from a female perspective “what the H–l does she see in him? He looks poetic and appears to be a loafer, good for nothing but gipping his wife, the system, the law, etc., etc. Of course, in his defense, he has plenty of company and support from all the already-named sources…

Entelechy on September 1, 2006 at 4:01 PM

The “revelation” that it was Arimtage was no revelation at all. The Plames and their supporters knew all along who the tipster is. Their supporters in the media were powerful enough to keep that concealed for several years all the while engaging in a lenghty session of Bush bashing.

I feel bad for Libby who was financially ruined by it all.

Labamigo on September 1, 2006 at 4:08 PM

From Pablo’s link:

Erwin Chemerinsky, professor at Duke University School of Law, will continue to serve in the case as co-counsel

Has Duke University completely abolished the whole concept of evidence?

B Moe on September 1, 2006 at 4:14 PM

I’m watching the rerun of Mr. Steyn on C-Span – good deal about the WaPo article. He shredded Messrs Armitage and Mr. Wilson, especially Armitage.

Then a liberal caller said that she’d learned from the Olbermann show the other night that Armitage found out about who Valerie is from a memo from Mr. Chaney’s office. Mr. Steyn (paraphrasing) “good for you; I hope this will give you another 5, 10 years of this topic”. He seemed elated. He also shredded the media on this.

Then another liberal caller “Brian, I heard you got the idea about starting C-Span from Al Gore – is that true?” “No, I didn’t”, Brian said. Omnipotent almost-President Gore. What an opportunity missed! /sarc

Entelechy on September 1, 2006 at 4:36 PM

Another liberal lady called to ask why Mr. Steyn is so different from the other peace-loving Canadians. Boy, is he giving her an answer and an education.

She also asked about why Mr. Wilson, who used to be smart and credible…he chose not to answer this part.

On the question of how much education he has, from another caller “I only finished highschool; so I’m an autodidact.

He also gave credit to blogging and on how easy it is, if one is good, to start reporting and editing on line.

He’s encouraging Americans to visit Paris, Brussels, etc. while they still are European cities. He predicts that they will be very different even in 5 years.

He’s talking about prince Charles having a Muslim garden. Now he’s lecturing a Muslim caller on what they’d need to do.

Entelechy on September 1, 2006 at 4:57 PM

Here is another question, how much longer do you think the Wilson’s will stay married & didn’t they have a big book deal in the works? It would be nice to see Joe frog marched all over the place as well. Does anyone know if Scooter Libby is off the hook or does that stand? Ambassodor Wilson & Dickie Armitage have a lot of splaining to do.

Catie96706 on September 1, 2006 at 5:55 PM

Bob Beckel gave up the ghost on this one without any fight or hedging.(Daytime Fox-forget which show).

mikeyboss on September 1, 2006 at 6:15 PM

Be interesting to see a group people dressed as Bush and Rove and Wilson and Mrs Plame for a Halloween party. Bush and Rove guy could go around whispering in people’s ear while Wilson could follow them around saying “I heard that! They’re outing my wife!” Plame Blame Game by Parker Brothers!

Drtuddle on September 1, 2006 at 6:29 PM

Does anyone know if Scooter Libby is off the hook or does that stand?

Libby is still in Fitzgerald’s gunsight, and prosecutable for the perjury charges.

Fox’s panelist Charles Krauthammer suggested President Bush should pardon Libby. How sweet would that be? Libby has spent a small fortune on legal fees, while the real culprit Wilson has been basking in the MSM spotlights.

Time to even the score.

fogw on September 1, 2006 at 7:55 PM

Thanks, I was wondering if perhaps this would all be dropped but guess not. Boy that Wilson is a piece of work.

Catie96706 on September 2, 2006 at 2:17 AM

One big result of the WaPo editorial throwing Wilson under the bus is that he and wifey will find their fancy Georgetown party invites suddenly dry up. It will be FUn to watch their reactions as they become non-persons since the Liberals will now want to FORGET Wilson & Wifey ever existed.

pjcomix on September 2, 2006 at 5:59 AM

Allahpunditty

There once was a host named Allah,
hear tell he was quite a nice fella.
But “media whore” is a phrase quite shitty,
it should never be used except in a ditty.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 2, 2006 at 12:54 PM

Unfortunate we spent millions of dollars and a years worth of muckraking when these slimebags KNEW there was no conspiracy against them. Why can we not prosecute these pieces of crap for knowingly letting that farce of a witch hunt take place.

frreal on September 2, 2006 at 5:11 PM

Far as I know Scotter is still on the hook. What I always wanted to know is how can someone lie about something that never happened?

Wade on September 2, 2006 at 5:12 PM