Monday, July 11, 2005

AOL Biased on Rove Headline

AOL is notorious for very misleading headlines on their front page, here is a perfect example. The headline appears today on their website and on the front page when logging on;

Rove Was Time Reporter's Source

When clicking on the graphic you are taken to the actual article with the somewhat less but still misleading headline of "Rove Spoke With Reporter About CIA Agent" but it is not until the second to last paragraph of the article ( one sentence ) that says the following;
The e-mail did not suggest that Rove used Plame's name or that he knew she was a covert agent, the article said.

So what does all of this mean? Well it doesn't prove didly has far as I can tell. And as for Ms. Plame being an undercover agent why the hell is she posing for Vanity Fair like the one above or more recently like this one;

And was it even much of a secret? Andrea Mitchell reluctantly admitted on MSNBC that is was generally known by the news media, before @#$% hit the fan, that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA.

So why do we even care about this?

Check out Betsy Newmark's page on the Rove madness. Of interest to me is this excerpt from this weeks Newsweek article;
Cooper wrote that Rove offered him a "big warning" not to "get too far out on Wilson." Rove told Cooper that Wilson's trip had not been authorized by "DCIA"—CIA Director George Tenet—or Vice President Dick Cheney. Rather, "it was, KR said, wilson's wife, who apparently works at the agency on wmd [weapons of mass destruction] issues who authorized the trip."

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