Get­ting it wrong

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“Re­port­ing on the res­ig­na­tion of pres­i­den­tial po­lit­i­cal ad­viser Karl Rove, ABC’s ‘World News’ on [Aug. 13] ab­surdly blamed Karl Rove for the ads from Swift Boat Vet­er­ans for Truth and fea­tured John Kerry’s con­dem­na­tion of Rove as all three broad­cast net­work evening shows cas­ti­gated Rove for his crit­i­cism of how Democrats want to cod­dle ter­ror­ists and high­lighted his ‘leak­ing’ of Va­lerie Plame’s name,” the Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter re­ports at www.mrc.org.

“ABC’s David Wright cited Rove’s ‘po­lit­i­cal ju­jitsu’ in ‘turn­ing op­po­nents’ strengths against them.’ With a Swift Boat ad clip on screen, Wright de­scribed a ‘sus­tained at­tack on John Kerry’s war record, an au­da­cious move con­sid­er­ing Bush’s Viet­nam War record was weak.’

“Wright con­tended that Rove some­times went ‘too far,’ such as when ‘he ac­cused the Democrats of of­fer­ing ther­apy and un­der­stand­ing to our at­tack­ers. 9/11 fam­i­lies asked him to stop.’ Round­ing out Rove’s of­fenses, Wright as­serted that ‘he’s been on the de­fen­sive over the leak­ing of a CIA agent’s name as po­lit­i­cal pay­back against her hus­band, and for his part in the fired U.S. at­tor­neys scan­dal.’

“Fol­low­ing Wright’s re­port, an­chor Charles Gib­son show­cased how Kerry said he or­ches­trated a po­lit­i­cal strat­egy ‘that promised to unite Amer­i­cans but in­stead left us more di­vided than [ever] be­fore.’ [. . .]

“Of course, the Swift Boat Vet­er­ans for Truth group was cre­ated by Viet­nam vet­er­ans and funded by sources out­side of the con­trol of Rove or the cam­paign, mainly Texas bil­lion­aire Boone Pick­ens. On the Plame case, once again, none of the net­work sto­ries noted that while Rove may have men­tioned her em­ployer to re­porters, it was Deputy Sec­re­tary of State Richard Ar- mitage’s leak to colum­nist Robert No­vak which got her name and CIA em­ploy­ment into the news me­dia

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