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Rich Lowry and Jim Moore discuss Karl Rove on Big Story

Reported by Chrish - August 14, 2007 -

John Gibson hosted Rich Lowry of National Review and James Moore, co-author of "Bush's Brain", to discuss the resignation of Karl Rove today 8/13/07.

At first glance it appeared to be fairly balanced, with Gibson going back and forth between the two, but a more analytical watching showed that Lowry got about a third more time to speak than Moore, and was specifically addressed five time to Moore's three. So, not so balanced.

Their comments, paraphraased and summarized;

RL: Why now? He didn't want to leave right after the mid-terms on a low note and wanted to try to help muscle the immigration reform bill through Congress.

JM: Rove can no longer help Bush, so he's off to help himself, writing books and collecting speaking and teaching fees. Bush is an even lamer duck without Rove.

RL: Not a lot of gas left in domestic policy tank; this administration is all about "winning" the war in Iraq and a big budget and spending fight coming down the pike.

RL: Rove was good for country, criticism unfair, Valerie Plame affair blown out of proportion, even ongoing investigations are all about getting Karl Rove.

JM: Rove was not good for the country. As for Plame affair, Rove spoke to TIME reporter 6 days before Novak column; Rove was involved and not held accountable. Rove has messed with political process in ways that are unhealthy for the country.

RL: Nothing wrong with pushing back (Plame affair); that it was criminalized was ridiculous.

JM: Good time to leave because he is radioactive, with Congress and possibly federal investigators looking at him. Rove leaving with reputation and can do something with it for himself.

RL: (Answering Gibson non-sequitur) Bush is ahead of Congress in a lot polls, which he attributes to the "obsession with investigation and process."

Comment: No, it's the failure to stand up to Bush administration which has lost Congressional Democrats their support from November, and Congressional Republicans are largely viewed as corrupt. One of the few things Congress is doing right is holding hearings and exercising some long overdue oversight.

Notice how Lowry got first and last words, in addition to other imbalances noted above.

Add to this the glowing report from Dana Perino at the bottom of the hour and this program was solidly in Mr. Rove's court.