H/T to The Horse’s Mouth – Joe Wilson: “Chronic Liar” Robert Novak Is “Going Straight To Hell” for the follow-up to a recent story The Hill did about Robert Novak who claimed that Joe Wilson didn’t seem to care whether Novak revealed his wife’s employment at the CIA – Novak: Wilson did not forcefully object to naming of CIA wife in column
Columnist Robert Novak said Saturday Ambassador Joe Wilson did not forcefully object to the naming of his CIA operative wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, when Novak spoke to him prior to the publication of a column that sparked a federal investigation and sent White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to jail.
“He was not terribly exercised about it,” Novak said.
Instead, Wilson focused on not being portrayed as simply an opponent of the Iraq war. Wilson also stressed that his wife went by his last name, Wilson, rather than Plame, Novak said.
Of course Republican blogs once again couldn’t get down on their knees fast enough to lap up and regurgitate Novak’s lie. The Right Wing Nut House and The American Thinker write, 10/7/2007, NOVAK DISPELS SOME PLAME MYTHS
Robert Novak, who wrote the column that exposed the Plame connection to Joe Wilson’s trip to Niger, has been trying unsuccessfully to set the record straight regarding the “outing” of Wilson’s wife for a long time.
Novak’s problem has been that the Plame narrative, created by Democrats and the media, has little room for the truth. The story began as a myth, morphed into a legend, and is only now being examined as history. That last step will occur in a vacuum, of interest only to future academics and those who seek to place truth above politics.
For indeed, most have given up trying to alter the narrative, soon to be immortalized in film as the portrayal of an evil administration, hell bent on going to war, which tried to stifle and smear the heroic Mr. and Mrs. Wilson to hide their nefarious plans.
The narrative is tailor made for Hollywood. The truth, as Mr. Novak points out in this article in The Hill, is a little less dramatic and quite a bit more problematic for the Wilsons
RWNH breathlessly tries to sell us the repackaged garbage the Right has been trying to shove down the public’s throat since day one. Moran manages to write an entirely fact free post. He can’t even get the fundamentals right:
– Wilson was sent to Niger by the CIA, not Valerie Wilson as Moran asserts. Mrs. Wilson only suggested her husband to her supervisors as he had experience as ambassador dealing with people in the region. She in fact had no authority to send the former ambassador anywhere.
– The Plame-Wilson story did have a narrative. It started with Novak publishing the name of of a covert CIA operative. The CIA failed a complaint with the DOJ which was staffed by Bush political appointee John Ashcroft. The Bush DOJ appointed a special prosecutor. If this was all politics they were slanted to the far right. The “media”? Does Moran mean the same media as Novak, Fox News, all the right-wing AM radio and newspaper pundits that lied repeatedly about Valerie Wilson’s security status.
– RWNH and TAT want the whole episode involving Wilson and Plame to be a myth because the truth is that a small group of conservatives committed treason. The only reason that more heads didn’t roll was because Libby lied to protect Cheney and Rove. A jury of American citizens made that decision ( presided over by a Republican judge appointed by Bush). The betrayal of our intelligence assets was not and is not now a narrative created out of then air by the vast liberal conspiracy. Only the ever paranoid Right thinks so.
– Novak’s newest attempt to weasel out of responsibility for blowing Plame’s cover and putting Plame’s over sea’s contacts in danger is not problematic for the Wilson’s. It only further erodes the credibility of Novak and the right-wing blogs that continue to echo his fabulistic tales. Wilson hopes Novak ‘is going to confession, because otherwise he’s going to hell’
During a seminar about unnamed sources at a journalism conference Saturday, Novak said Wilson had not forcefully objected to the idea that his wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, would be named.
“He was not terribly exercised about it,” Novak said Saturday.
Wilson said that is not true, stressing that he had begun seeking out Novak even before he knew there was a column. He said he had heard from a friend that Novak was telling people in random encounters that Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA.
He said he left a message for Novak, who then called him back.
“I said, ‘What the f–k are you doing? You’re walking around Washington blurting stuff out about my wife to people you don’t even know,’ ” Wilson said.
It was only after that that Novak turned to the business of his column, Wilson said.
“He said, ‘Can you confirm or deny that your wife works for the agency?’ ” Wilson recalled. “I said, ‘I’m not going to answer any question about my wife.’ I told him, ‘It’s not about my wife, or even me. It’s about this administration.’ ”
Wilson said procedure for dealing with inquires about his wife’s CIA status was not to get into a discussion about it, because that could inadvertently disclose improper information. After the call, Wilson said, his wife immediately alerted the CIA. Wilson said a CIA spokesman twice told Novak that she should not be named.
The attacks on the Frost family continue, When Rhetoric Meets Reality
If you look through this family’s dossier, it appears they are doing everything Republicans say they should be doing- hell, their story is almost what you would consider a checklist for good, red-blooded American Republican voters: they own their own business, they pay their taxes, they are still in a committed relationship and are raising their kids, they eschewed public education and are doing what they have to do to get them into Private schools, they are part of the American dream of home ownership that Republicans have been pointing to in the past two administrations as proof of the health of the economy, and so on.
In short, they are a white, lower-middle-class, committed family, who is doing EVERYTHING the GOP Kultur Kops would have you believe people should be doing. They aren’t gay. They aren’t divorced. They didn’t abort their children. They aren’t drug addicts or welfare queens. They are property owners, entrepeneurs, taxpayers, and hard-working Americans.
As commenters at Balloon Juice and elsewhere have noted can you imagine if Democrats went out and visited the home of every two hundred thousand dollar a year family to see if Bush was right, these people do need a tax cut. And cry me a river Malkin is talking about how poor she is and her commenters are having a contest to see who has a rougher life then the living high on the hog Frosts. What Has Happened To The Right?
Something has gone wrong on the Right. Become sick and twisted and tumorous and ugly. To visit Michelle Malkin’s cave is to see politics at its most savage, its most ferocious, its most rageful. They say they’ve spent the past week smearing a child and his family because that child was fair game — he and his family spoke of their experience receiving health care through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. For this, right wingers travel to their home, insinuate that the family is engaged in large-scale fraud, make threatening phone calls to the family, interrogate the neighbors as to the family’s character and financial state.
We have seen these flair ups before, but at least in the eyes of more reasonable conservatives like Cole and moderate Democratic blogs the reaction to the Frosts seems way out of proportion. We are not in a heated debate over whether the Isalmo-whatevers are going to kill us all if we don’t support doing away with hapeus corpus or whether to sell jet fighters to Pakistan, we’re talking about a few million dollars and a domestic health policy as it concerns children. You Think They’re So Dumb, You Think They’re So Funny
What we’re seeing here is the same tactics of personal destruction Movement Republicanism previously justified as necessary to winning The Greatest War Ever, now normalized as appropriate to handling a budget dispute. They wanted to get Jamil Hussein arrested or killed. They wanted Scott Beauchamp ruined or even fragged.
Just guessing, but part of what is setting in is that the Great Conservative Revolution has failed and is in decline. They had all the power that the Constitution allowed plus the extra they decided to take. We had one party Republican rule with a doltish frat boy calling the shots. They could have governed well and choose not to. Conservatism doesn’t work. It never will, it the antithesis of a progressive enlightened democracy. So they’re taking all their bitterness out on the Frosts, the Wilsons, and of course the media. What we’re seeing is a shot gun spray of pent up misdirected hatred. Very typical of the Right really to look for the cause of their failures in others rather then to look to themselves – Rush Smears 12-Yr Old: ‘They Filled His Head With Lies Just As They Have Some Of These Soldiers’
The real “bottom line” is: Rush propagates baseless information from a “freeper” to attack a 12-year old, fails to determine the facts for himself, and then accuses others of not being able to “rely on truth to make their case.”
When right-wingers attack soldiers who disagree with them on Iraq or kids who disagree with them on health care, that is indeed where Rush and his “hate radio” buddies “come in.” The right-wing attack machine personally assaults anyone for daring to disagree.