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FOX Campaign To Discredit Patrick Fitzgerald Begins

Reported by Deborah - September 4, 2006 -

Mort Kondracke and Fred Barnes made the most of the news that Richard Armitage leaked Valerie Plame's identity to Robert Novak.By the time they finished their scenario, on The Beltway Boys,9/2/06 of what really happened, there was no leak or conspiracy to discredit Joseph Wilson and Patrick Fitzgerald told Armitage to " shut up" after hearing his testimony in front of a Grand Jury.

In the weekly ups and downs segment, Richard Armitage got a down because according to Barnes he" let Karl Rove and Scooter Libby twist in the wind" for 3 years adding that it wasn't a nice thing to do.The news that Armitage outed Plame to Novak somehow proves in the new scenario that there was no conspiracy to discredit Wilson. In fact, it somehow proves that Wilson outed his wife himself by writing the piece in the New York Times making everyone wonder how he got to go to Niger and then remembering his wife arranged it.

Then Kondracke acting as if he really had the inside dope told viewers what Armitage should say if he ever goes public. According to Kondracke, Armitage went to his Boss, Colin Powell, who called Will Taft at the State Department. Then Taft called the White House and spoke to Alberto Gonzales, who asked no further questions, Kondracke added as if he actually knew, that they didn't offer any information.Then after Armitage told Patrick Fitzgerald, he testified in front of a Grand Jury and Fitzgerald told him to " shut up and not talk to anyone about this."

Kondracke and Barnes wrapped it up with an attack on the media for using the story to hammer Bush. Barnes called Wilson a charlaton and claimed the story had dissolved and the press wasn't reporting it.

Comment: This plan to discredit Fitzgerald and the various distortions being thrown around are documented on The Libby Defense Fund site. There is also a very informative piece by Larry Johnson making this point about the selfish, short sighted behavior of the Bush Administration.

" Today the Bush Administration is once again trying to manufacture a case for war. They are calling critics of its policies on Iran and Iraq "appeasers" and decrying the lack of intelligence on Iran. It is deja vu all over again to quote Yogi Berra. They whine about a lack of intelligence on Iran but refuse to accept responsibility for their own role in destroying Valerie Plame's undercover work, which was focused on monitoring the flow of nuclear technology to Iran. They may not have fully understood what Val was doing because of her cover status. But that's the point. They don't think these things true. Their only goal is political survival."