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Let's Muddy the Waters on Rove Some More

Reported by Donna - July 18, 2005

Today on Studio B with Greg Kelly substituting for Shepard Smith, Fox continued to muddy the waters regarding the involvement of Karl Rove as the leak in the Valerie Plame case.

Speaking with Wendall Goler, one of their correspondants at the White House, Fox used a film clip of the president to further portray his new stance on who will or won't work at the White House.

The president was asked by a reporter whether he intended to fire any staffer found to be involved with the leak.

Goler said that the president stated that this is not his standard. (Comment: When did this not become his standard? After all, we've all seen the tape of President Bush saying he would fire anyone from his staff who was involved with the leak.)

The president said,(Paraphrased but pretty much verbatim) 'I don't know all the facts. I want to know all the facts. The best place for the facts to be done is by somebody who's spent time investigating it. I would like this to end as quickly as possible (I bet you would) so we will know the facts. And, if someone has committed a crime, they will no longer work for the White House.'
(Comment: Notice how the wording has changed from 'whoever the leaker was' to 'facts' and 'commit a crime'. This is similar to his reasoning for going to war in Iraq. While at first it was 'weapons of mass destruction', 'Iraq's nuclear capability' and 'ties between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein', it soon became about Saddam being a 'bad man'.)

Goller then picked up from there: (Again, paraphrased but pretty much verbatim) That's not enough for Democrats who think the law breaking standard is too narrow. It's not enough for Joe Wilson who thinks his wife, Valerie Plame, was outed to punish him for writing an op/ed piece that forced the president to retract his claim, that Iraq had tried to buy uranium from Niger and to do so at a time, remember, this is July of 2003, when it was becoming clear that there weren't any chemical or biological stacks in Iraq either. (Comment: Brownie points to Goler for admitting that the president retracted his claim about Iraq trying to buy uranium from Niger and for saying it was clear by July of 2003 that there weren't any chemical or biological weapon stacks in Iraq either)

The latest? Goler reported that today Fox News learned that the State Department produced a memo about Valerie Plame after Wilson wrote his op/ed piece in the NY Times. He stated that the memo is said to have been aboard Air Force One when the President went to Africa in July of 2003. Goler added that the special prosecutor is now talking to other staffers who were on board of the plane. Goler finished his report by saying that neither Karl Rove nor Scooter Libby were onboard Air Force One at that time.

Comment: So, is this another attempt to muddy the waters? By claiming that there was a memo on board Air Force One with the information regarding Valerie Plame and that neither Karl Rove nor Scooter Libby were on board, does this mean this is another reason he/they are not guilty of the leak?

Think about it. The memo didn't 'walk' onto Air Force One, who knows how circulated the memo was until it appeared on Air Force One. It sounds like another diversion on the part of this administration. To duck and deflect and to muddy the waters of an investigation that someone on Fox said earlier, 'Has seemed to grow legs.'

It's 'grown legs' because people are generally upset that corruption may be found at a very senior position of this administration.

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