Monday, May 22, 2006

Roving for indictment news

Anyone out there who would like to increase traffic to their blog, just say Karl Rove is about to be indicted and include a few details about how you know. Just make it up.

That, apparently, is what one blog site did and despite the scorn the MSM publicly displays for blogs, on this one, it disregarded the dubious credibility of the source.

The reports appeared on the liberal Web site, run by Marc Ash, a former advertising man and fashion photographer in California. Jason Leopold, the author of the stories, directed inquiries to Ash, who says that "we stand by the story. We have multiple points of independent confirmation of what we originally reported. Our problem is, the prosecutor's office is under no obligation to go public."

Leopold acknowledges in a new book, "News Junkie," that he is a past liar, convicted felon and former alcoholic and cocaine addict. An earlier version of the book was canceled by publisher Rowman & Littlefield last year.

When there's a Bush-bashing story to be told, any source is a good source.

That didn't stop more than 35 reporters -- from all the major newspapers, networks and newsmagazines -- from calling Luskin or Rove's spokesman, Mark Corallo, to check it out.

According to, the indictment was supposed to be announced early last week. Rove escaped the charges all last week and was in Wheaton on Saturday without any handcuffs.

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