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Fox on Joe Wilson

Reported by Melanie - June 24, 2004 -

As Dayside w/Linda Vester began today, news was breaking that Bush was interviewed this morning by the U.S. Attorney investigating the White House's "outing" of CIA operative Valerie Plame, the wife of Fmr. Ambassador, Joe Wilson.

Jim Angle "explained" it to the viewer. First, Vester introduced Angle by saying: "Did they [the leaker] know that they were giving confidential information at the time?"

Angle began his report by avoiding Vester's question (still, the viewers had heard it and you can't unring a bell), and instead began by talking about how "we know" Saddam obtained yellow cake from Niger "several yeas ago" (we do?), but we wondered if he'd obtained any since then, which is why Joe Wilson went to Niger in early 2003. Angle concluded by saying "it wasn't a big leak but that's how this whole thing got started."

NOTE: Joe Wilson was picked by the Bush administration to go to Niger in early 2003, to determine whether or not Saddam Hussein had recently purchased yellow cake from Niger. Wilson returned and submitted a report to the White House saying he found no evidence of any transactions between Hussein and Niger, yet, in it's argument before the UN, the Bush administration said Hussein had purchased material from Niger.

COMMENT: Jim Angle managed to look and sound like an authority as he delivered his "explanation." Taking a casual listen, he sounded like he was explaining the the matter thoroughly. However, what I've written above truly is the condensed version of what he said. If you're familiar with the details of this issue, you know the question is NOT when Saddam Hussein bought yellow cake from Niger. The question is, did someone in the White House "out" Valerie Plame's undercover CIA status as a way of punishing Joe Wilson for writing an op-ed piece in the New York Times in July, 2003? In that op ed, Wilson identified himself as the very person the administration sent to Niger to investigate the matter and he exposed the fact that the White House's assertion, to the UN and the world, that Saddam Hussein had purchased yellow cake from Niger was not proven, and was mostly likely untrue.

Exposing the identity of a CIA officer is a Federal offense (a law, ironically, signed by George H.W. Bush). If the White House vindictively leaked the name of Valerie Plame to reporters, in order to expose her, then they have committed a Federal offense. Contrary to Angle's assertion that "it isn't a big leak;" it's a very, very big leak because if this happened, the White House not only broke the law, but placed the safety of one of its loyal employees in jeopardy and undermined national security.

If you don't know much about this, go to this December 2, 2003 interview titled "The Importance of Being Joe Wilson," by Lakshmi Chaudhry, which appeared on Alternet.org.

Fox is keeping extraordinarly important details from its viewers. When Fox professes to be the most patriotic news channel on the planet and then omits crucial facts when reporting on something so extraordinarily unpatriotic, done by the White House, you can see how deep their hypocracy runs. They are a fraud.