Right-wing Newsbusters Whines and Lies about Plame Media Coverage

Whay is supposed to be the Right’s answer to Media Matters, Newsbusters is now complaining that Valerie, Joseph Wilson and former Republican White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan are getting too much coverage by the press. Joe and Valerie Wilson Think They’re Not Getting Enough Press, By Noel Sheppard | November 22, 2007 – 22:06 ET

On Thanksgiving Day, Joe and Valerie Plame Wilson, the couple that likely has gotten more media attention in the past few years than any in America besides the Clintons and Brangelina, actually took the time to write an article whining about the press not going gaga enough about recent revelations from Scott McClellan’s not yet written book.

Honestly, I used to think Bill Clinton was the most self-absorbed person on the planet, but these two really take the cake.


Bill Clinton the most self absorbed person on the planet? Inane school yard insults from someone that is unlikely to have meet everyone on the planet and done an in depth personality profile. Unfortunately for other Conservatives that were hoping for some acute observations, that Clinton/Brangelina tripe was the high point, the rest goes down hill faster then Chevy Chases sled in Christmas Vacation. Newsbusters and Mr. Sheppard have a number in mind. We’re not sure what that number is, but it is the number of press reports the Right thinks that any story should get. Correction, it is however many stories that are further colaboration of the fact that there was a cover-up of the details of who and when members of the Whitehouse maliciously leaked the name of a covert CIA agnet to the press.  While the phrase is getting a little tiresome, Mr. Sheppard and his Newsbuster buddies are being less then intellectually honest. Sheppard writes,

In the past few days since these 121 words were posted, there have been 126 press reports on the subject. CNN has led the way with sixteen, followed by MSNBC with six, NBC with three, and one each from NBC and CBS.

That is his rebuttal to a Huffington Post article (Treason is Not Old News) that complained about the coverage of little McClellan’s revelation  compared to other stories, Valerie Plame Wilson wrote “”Now back to Aruba and the two-year old disappearance of a blond teenager.” According to Newsbusters that posted 121 words, then  CNN and the rest for a total of 121 words plus 27 other major news outlet stories. But Plame-Wison’s point is a valid one when a Google search of the news shows that while we’re all very concerned about justice for Natalee Holloway, the disparity in coverage, thus the media’s perception of importance seems way out of proportion with the Holloway story producing over 1,200 news stories in the last half hour. While the same search for Scott McClellan’s revelations results in less then 700 news and wire reports in the last 24 hours. News busters isn’t reporting the news, they haven’t found any bias ( they have inadvertently revealed their own and that of the media toward sensationalist stories). They haven’t proven that Bush didn’t lie to the public while reassuring America that he would punish those involved he didn’t make much of an effort to get to the bottom of the matter. Scott McClellan is already on record as saying that high ranking administration officials were less then honest. From a Larry King interview,

McClellan: “I spoke with those individuals, … and those individuals assured me they were not involved in this. … said what I believed to be true at the time. It was also what the president believed to be true at the time based on assurances that we were both given. Knowing what I know today, I would have never said that back then.”

Of course we can all trust Newsbusters to give their readers the abosolute unvarnished truth about anything having to do with the Whitehouse outing of a CIA NOC agent, a Pam Meister | at Newsbusters wrote the following Reuters: Plame ‘Ex-Spy’,  August 3, 2007 – 15:41 ET

Ex-spy? That brings to mind visions of the old Mad Magazine comic Spy vs. Spy, or exotic whispers of Mata Hari. But it’s been established that Plame was not covert at the time that Robert Novak, via (as we now know) Richard Armitage, first mentioned Plame in one of his columns. Her own husband, Joseph Wilson, said as much when he appeared on CNN with Wolf Blitzer back in 2005:

WILSON: My wife was not a clandestine officer the day that Bob Novak blew her identity.

BLITZER: But she hadn’t been a clandestine officer for some time before that?

WILSON: That’s not anything that I can talk about. And, indeed, I’ll go back to what I said earlier, the CIA believed that a possible crime had been committed, and that’s why they referred it to the Justice Department.


Meister’s seems to suffer from the same reading comprehension problems that plague many Conservatives. Novak publishes column. That day, that Novak column ended Plame-Wilson’s covert career. If her name had not been revealed there would have not been an investigation or anything for Scotter Libby to lie about. Just pretend you don’t see the part about the CIA seeking an investigation from the DOJ. They sought that investigation based on Plame’s status as a covert operative and the damage done by revealing her identity. Meister, Sheppard and Fox’s Jon Gibson would apparently give out medals for revealing the names of our NOC agents. Revelations that don’t just end the careers of experienced national security assets, but also produce collateral damage.