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Brit Hume counting the days, on CBS

Reported by Chrish - January 11, 2005

Brit Hume, subbing for Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday January 9 reported that people were eagerly awaiting the release of results of CBS's internal investigation into Dan Rather's discredited documents. (BTW, I have heard the phrase "discredited story" used repeatedly on Fox in relation to this incident, rather than the more accurate "discredited documents". The story remains unproven one way or the other.) Anyway, this deadline passed and Brit reminded us "for the record, the original Dan Rather/CBS story aired 123 days ago, and it has been 109 days since CBS officials announced they would look into what went wrong in the reporting."

Well, for the record, it has been one year, 5 months, and 27 days (546 days by my count; J$ check my math, will you?) since the name of Valerie Plame, wife of retired Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, was exposed by columnist Robert Novak as a CIA covert operative. It took until late December 2003 for Attorney General John Ashcroft to recuse himself and appoint Patrick "Stonewall" Fitzgerald to investigate the case. That's right, over 5 months, 150 days just to appoint someone, and more than a year after that we still don't know who outed Ms. Plame, ruined her career, and endangered national security.

Also for the record, Brit, it took the Bush administration over a full year (late 2002) to create and empower The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission). That commission released its report in July 2004, some 18 months later, and parts have yet to be revealed to the public (the parts that name names and place blame within the Bush administration and elsewhere.)

Dozens of investigations of a far more serious nature than Dan Rather's faulty documentation go uncompleted and unnoticed by Fox and "the liberal media". Fox should not throw stones, they who keep on "Campaign Carl" Cameron - or have their viewers forgotten?

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