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July 19, 2005

MSM reports all the news that fit to invent in Plame/Rove story

On September 30, 2004, President Bush is quoted as saying “If there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated law, the person will be taken care of.” But an unnamed reporter, on June 10th, 2004 asked the President,

“Given recent developments in the CIA leak case, particularly Vice President Cheney's discussions with the investigators, do you still stand by what you said several months ago, suggesting that it might be difficult to identify anybody who leak the agent's name? And do you stand by your pledge to fire anyone found to have done so?”

The President had never pledged to fire anyone based solely upon their leaking the name. He specifically said that if a member of his administration had broken the law, they would be fired. His response to the unnamed reporter's questions was, “Yes. And that's up to the U.S. attorney to find the facts.” Normal people would understand that the reference to the U.S. attorney showed Bush's intent to first find out if any laws had actually been broken. But then MSM reporters are hardly normal, are they.

The New York Times

The remarks appeared to shift the standard for dismissal that has been expressed repeatedly over many months by Mr. Bush's spokesmen

 The LA Times

Bush's statement was the latest iteration of his stance on the conditions under which he would dismiss a member of his staff for any role in leaking the CIA operative's identity. [emphasis added]

Washington Post

President Bush said yesterday that he will fire anyone in the administration found to have committed a crime in the leaking of a CIA operative's name, creating a higher threshold than he did one year ago for holding aides accountable in the unmasking of Valerie Plame. [emphasis added]

Associated Press

In September 2003, the White House had said anyone who leaked classified information in the case would be dismissed. Bush reiterated that promise last June, saying he would fire anyone found to have disclosed the CIA officer's name.

Yet none of these MSM sources offer an exact quote where Bush said he'd fire someone for simply being “involved”.

Coverage: Captain's Quarters, Right Wing News, Outside the Beltway, Myopic Zeal

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 19, 2005 09:31 AM

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