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Brit Hume Brought Back on Dayside for More Misinformation

Reported by Janie - October 27, 2005

Yesterday (10/26) the hosts of Dayside, Juliet Huddy and Mike Jerrick, brought Fox anchor Brit Hume onto the show to give the audience the "facts" in the CIA leak case, but all the audience received was more misinformation.

Most of the interview was spot on accurate, but at the end of the interview Hume deteriorated into a rant filled with information that was inherently incorrect.

"The thing about this is now we're looking at this grand jury investigation, one has the sense that there was this enormous campaign mounted to try to discredit him. Maybe, but what came out of this campaign? A passing mention in Bob Novak's column, a subsequent mention in passing in Time magazine. Judith Miller who has been at the center of this, never wrote anything.

Comment: Apparently Hume thinks this is about nothing more than a very small attempt to discredit Wilson's claim that Saddam Hussein did not attempt to purchase uranium from Niger, but what he seems to forget is what Fitzgerald's investigation is about, the outing of a covert CIA officer. Her covert identity is what came out of this campaign Mr. Hume.

Hume continued: "So, Joe Wilson, the campaign, if that's what it was, to discredit Joe Wilson was a pretty small boor affair. So, and moreover, look.. Joe Wilson did not accurately represent what he found when he wrote about this. And he seemed to portray himself as almost being sent by the Vice President's office or on a mission that was encouraged by the Vice President's office. That turned out not to be true. A number of things he said about his wife's role in sending him turned out not to be true..."

Comment: Ah, the tired right-wing line that Joe Wilson is a liar. First, it has never been proven that Saddam attempted to purchase uranium from Niger. All signs indicate that Wilson was correct in his op-ed. The documents used for this claim were proven by the IAEA to be false within two hours, using a Google search. Secretary of State at the time, Colin Powell, issued this statement once Wilson's op-ed was published:

"There was sufficient evidence floating around at that time that such a statement was not totally outrageous or not to be believed or not to be appropriately used. It's that once we used the statement, and after further analysis, and looking at other estimates we had, and other information that was coming in, it turned out that the basis upon which that statement was made didn't hold up, and we said so, and we've acknowledged it, and we've moved on."

Even a portion of the administration admitted at the time that Joe Wilson was correct, it appeared Hussein did not attempt to purchase uranium from Niger. Hume continues, however, to say that Joe Wilson had lied.

Hume's second lie is how Wilson portrayed the events of being sent to Niger in the first place. Wilson never said that Cheney had sent him to gain the information and his wife was not the person that chose him to go to Niger in the first place. The right has used this defense against Wilson, and that is what has proven to be false. What Wilson wrote was: "The vice president's office asked a serious question. I was asked to help formulate the answer." He never stated that Vice President Dick Cheney request that he be sent, or that anyone was asked to be sent. He simply stated that the Vice President's office had made an inquiry, and that the CIA decided to act. As for who sent him, there have been differing opinions. According to the CIA, a report was issued when the decision was made stating Valerie Plame (Wilson's wife) had "offered up" Wilson. However, the CIA maintains that the person who wrote the memo saying Plame had "offered up" Wilson, was not in the meeting at the time the decision was made. According to Wilson, and many in the CIA, he was chosen and Plame relayed that information to him and escorted him to the meeting in which he was asked to go.

Hume finished with: "...so look, is the administration, which is being criticized to some extent on false pretenses obliged to simply take it? It’s not inappropriate to point out things, and the things they pointed out about him happen to be true."

Comment: No, the administration does not simply have to "take it", but they could go about attempting to discredit him through legal channels, rather than risking national security by outing a covert CIA agent.

Hume was the only one chosen for this discussion, which led to an unfair and unbalanced segment, where no one was given the opportunity to debunk Hume's claims.

(Note: All references for this post can be found here)

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