WASHINGTON, D.C. - So the truth is now out that Karl Rove indeed did tell a reporter about Valerie Plame, the CIA agent. But he says he didn't because he didn't use her name.
It seems he just referred to her as Joseph Wilson's wife. Hmmm... Seems like Bill Clinton got in a lot of trouble for trying to be that technical.
In the news bizz, when a libel action gets filed, one of the big tests is will people reading the story know who you are talking about.
For example, I don't have to say George W. Bush to identify him. I just say 'a goofy guy from Texas who didn't serve in the Vietnam War, bought two elections, and whose wife is named Laura.'
Using the logic of Karl Rove, however perverted, I didn't say Dubya's name, therefore, I am not on the hook.
What collossal crap! Did Joseph Wilson have a harem? How many Mrs. Wilsons were there and how many worked for the CIA?
Some of the hounds of the media are slowly waking from their slumber, slapping down even White House spokesman Scott McClellan who finds himself in a waking public relations nightmare. (Though being be a PR spokesman for the Bush administration, he must be used to dreams that make visits from Freddy Krueger at night seem like a picnic.)
In case you've missed some of current fun, here's two links to stories that will spell it out and maybe the beginning of great made for TV movie: Goodbye Karl, the Unraveling of Rove.
•White House Clams Up
• Rove did talk to reporter