Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Bob Woodward Wants His 15 Minutes Back

So Bob Woodward is the latest high-profile reporter to wade into the murky waters of Traitorgrate, claiming he was told by a senior White House official (not Scooter Libby and not Karl Rove) about the identity of Valerie Plame a good month before she was eventually outed by Robert "I feast on entrails of children" Novak.

This story just gets weirder and weirder. Why is Woodward, who has been so publicly critical of independent prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, insinuating himself into the case? Why is he taking pains to contend he was the one, not a senior administration official, who told fellow Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus about the identity of Valerie Plame? (Pincus, by the way, disputes Woodward's account)

The Post reports:

"Woodward's testimony appears to change key elements in the chronology Fitzgerald laid out in his investigation and announced when indicting [former Cheney chief of staff Lewis "Scooter"] Libby three weeks ago. It would make the unnamed official -- not Libby -- the first government employee to disclose Plame's CIA employment to a reporter. It would also make Woodward, who has been publicly critical of the investigation, the first reporter known to have learned about Plame from a government source.

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"William Jeffress Jr., one of Libby's lawyers, said yesterday that Woodward's testimony undermines Fitzgerald's public claims about his client and raises questions about what else the prosecutor may not know. Libby has said he learned Plame's identity from NBC journalist Tim Russert.

"'If what Woodward says is so, will Mr. Fitzgerald now say he was wrong to say on TV that Scooter Libby was the first official to give this information to a reporter?' Jeffress said last night. 'The second question I would have is: Why did Mr. Fitzgerald indict Mr. Libby before fully investigating what other reporters knew about Wilson's wife?'"

Oh, here's a third question:

Is Bob Woodward a legitimate factor in this case, or could it be that Mr. Watergate Scandal is the self-styled Zelig in this little drama? Does the past-his-prime White House watchdog demand a part in the play?

Just a thought ...

3 Comments:

At 12:24 AM, Blogger Ceres said...

Are you kidding about Bob Woodward? This bit of information seems to be out of left field. Now that "Deep Throat" has been revealed, why would we ever care to hear a peep from Mr. Woodward?

 
At 10:23 AM, Blogger LiteraryTech said...

It is sad to see someone fall apart in their old age. Many of us manage to age with dignity, like Grandpa, for example. But some of us degrade our adult efforts in an effort to keep our imagined stature. Poor Bob. He's such a schmuck.

Of course, if we are to take All the President's Men as an honest effort to describe the two reporters, Carl was always a better reporter, so it makes sense that Bob is still compensating.

 
At 10:46 AM, Anonymous turtle said...

The word "feast" is funny. I laugh every time I watch Boogie Nights when Dirk Diggler says, "Why don't you feast on that?" Refering, of course, to his giant penis. Feast... right.

 

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