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Distortions About Valerie Plame And Joe Wilson Continue On FOX

Reported by Deborah - July 15, 2006 -

The Beltway Boys round up of the week on FOX News was sure to include some smears of Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson in retaliation for their civil suit . Fred Barnes didn't bother to get any new material choosing to spout the tired and discredited lines that viewers have heard over and over. Mort Kondracke just talked in circles making Plame and Wilson look bad without downright lies. 7/15/06

The segment tease had a shot of Valerie Wilson with "PAYBACKS" underneath. Barnes then accused her of "self puffery" for thinking that her life and career were harmed claiming that she had an unimportant analyst job at the CIA."She started the whole thing." Barnes went on about how Wilson got her husband the assignment to go to Niger.

Here's a statement from Joe Wilson about the the story that his wife got him the Niger assignment.

"Robert Novak, some other commentators and the Administration continue
to try to completely distort the role that Valerie Wilson played with
respect to Ambassador Wilson's trip to Niger. The facts are beyond
dispute. The Office of the Vice President requested that the CIA investigate
reports of alleged uranium purchases by Iraq from Niger. The CIA setup
a meeting to respond to the Vice President's inquiry. Another CIA
official, not Valerie Wilson, suggested to Valerie Wilson's supervisor that
the Ambassador attend that meeting. That other CIA official made the
recommendation because that official was familiar with the Ambassador's
vast experience in Niger and knew of a previous trip to Africa
concerning uranium matters that had been undertaken by the Ambassador on behalf
of the CIA in 1999. Valerie Wilson's supervisor subsequently asked her
to relay a request from him to the Ambassador that he would like the
Ambassador to attend the meeting at the CIA. Valerie Wilson did not
participate in the meeting.

As the CIA itself has officially confirmed, Valerie Wilson did not
send Ambassador Wilson to Niger and she neither suggested him nor
recommended him for the trip. Furthermore, the Ambassador agreed to travel to
Niger pro bono with only his travel expenses being paid."

Ambassador Joe Wilson on July 13, 2006

Barnes claim that Valerie Wilson was an analyst at a desk was refuted by Patrick Fitzgerald.

FITZGERALD: Before I talk about those charges and what the indictment alleges, I'd like to put the investigation into a little context. Valerie Wilson was a CIA officer. In July 2003, the fact that Valerie Wilson was a CIA officer was classified. Not only was it classified, but it was not widely known outside the intelligence community. Valerie Wilson's friends, neighbors, college classmates had no idea she had another life.The fact that she was a CIA officer was not well-known, for her protection or for the benefit of all us. It's important that a CIA officer's identity
be protected, that it be protected not just for the officer, but for the nation's security.

Mort Kondracke claimed that he was confused about the case and Barnes very quickly barked that he wasn't. Kondracke paused looking for an explanation for his partner's clarity finally settling on this. "You're not because you're a far seeing individual." It was obvious that he wanted to say something quite different.

Kondracke claimed that he would like a public airing saying the public believes there was a conspiracy against the Wilsons because that's what the media tells them. Then he discounted the civil suit as weak and lacking proof.

comment: Maybe Barnes has repeated the GOP points so often he believes them himself. What other explanation could there be for a journalist to behave so recklessly during a broadcast. Of course, on FOX the standards are a little different.