Friday, September 1, 2006

Post rips Joe Wilson

One of the only MSM outlets to admit the Joe Wilson "Plamegate" saga was completely overblown is the Washington Post. I was in Washington in 2003 when Wilson's story was wall-to-wall, including in the Post.

But the Post actually followed the facts in the story and when it was apparent Joe Wilson had been less than truthful, it turned on him. Most of the other MSM just ignored it and kept breathlessly reporting on Wilson as if his claims were valid. Today, a Post editorial lowers the boom.

Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame's CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming -- falsely, as it turned out -- that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush's closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It's unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.

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