Getting it wrong
“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