I know we lead busy lives and it can be difficult to think back to news events, even those just a few months ago. But let’s go back to 2003 anyway. Within a few months of the start of the Iraq War, Columnist Robert Novak revealed in a column that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent. Novak noted it regarding whether Plame engineered her husband, Joe Wilson, to go to Niger and investigate whether Saddam Hussein was trying to obtain yellowcake, which is necessary for the formation of nuclear weaponry. Wilson went to Niger in 2002 before any hostilities broke out against Iraq.
In February of 2002 a Defense Intelligence Agency report said that Iraqi operatives were in Niger to purchase uranium (the yellowcake) and that a purchase had taken place. Shortly thereafter, Plame sends a memo to higher ups at the CIA noting that her husband has good contact with the former prime minister of Niger and its director of mines, as well as others within the Niger government that might prove beneficial.
To this day there is still confusion as to whether any uranium was bought by the Iraqis from Niger. Anyway, Novak wrote that, “Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials told me Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger... The CIA says its counter-proliferation officials selected Wilson and asked his wife to contact him.” In the weeks after the column was published, Wilson began to make the “outing” of his wife a big deal and said, “At the end of the day, it's of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs.”
Shortly thereafter, the media began inquiring about the Plame outing. Then the media began going into hyper drive about the Plame outing. National network newscasts and even local newscasts began making the Plame outing its lead news item. Newspaper columnists like the Denver Post’s Bob Ewegen headlined that “Outing Valerie Plame aided our enemies.” Then the media and Democrats began clamoring for an independent prosecutor. By the end of 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft named Patrick Fitzgerald as the federal prosecutor in the case.
A very interesting note to all of this: On Oct. 1, Richard Armitage told then Secretary of State Colin Powell that he was the one who gave Plame’s name to Novak. By the end of the first week of 2004, Fitzgerald knew Armitage was the leaker, but he continued to investigate for more than a year anyway. In fact, Fitzgerald did not conclude his investigation until October 2005, nearly 2 years after beginning his investigation and then no one was indicted for “outing” Valerie Plame! Scooter Libby was indicted on obstruction of justice and perjury charges.
Let’s fast forward to May 2014. The CIA’s top officer in Kabul, Afghanistan is “mistakenly” outed by the White House. His name is sent to hundreds of journalists. Has ABC News covered it? No, not really. CBS News? No, not too interested. NBC News? Sorry, can’t be bothered. MSNBC? Heck, no! CNN? Yeah, it’s been mentioned, but the rabidness regarding this outing just isn’t there. No Wolf Blitzer foaming at the mouth. What about local newscasts? Well, absolutely not! They can’t be bothered with such piffle. Newspapers? Sorry, we have very little room for a story like that. Calls for a special prosecutor? Only from a few Republicans.
This is typical of the media today. A high-ranking CIA operative in definite harm’s way (Kabul, Afghanistan is much scarier than the comfy insides of the CIA office in Washington where Ms. Plame was working) is outed and the media has no interest. And now the IRS has says that a computer crash means that hundreds of Lois Lerner’s e-mails are forever gone.
In case you didn’t know – because the media has had little time and space to report such things and Obama has said there is “not a smidgeon of scandal” regarding the IRS abusing conservative groups, so the media takes Obama’s word for it – Lois Lerner is at the center of the IRS scandal. She has pleaded the 5th twice now. A few months ago, the director of the IRS told a House hearing that the IRS will provide Lerner’s e-mails and that they were in the process of redacting them. Hmmmmm, how do we go from “in the process of redacting them” to “the e-mails are forever lost due to a computer crash?” I guess the servers crashed too? The computers these e-mails were sent to crashed as well?
Media coverage? No, not really. And what media coverage there has been targets the Republicans for being in an uproar over the lost e-mails. Those mean, nasty Republicans are being political, the media tells us! Well, Richard Nixon was impeached over a missing 18 minutes on a tape recorder. Hundreds, if not thousands, of missing e-mails? Yawn, the media says today.
Less than 3 years after pulling out of Iraq, Iraq is in turmoil. Terrorist group ISIS has overrun about half the country. All of the blood and sacrifice made by the U.S. and many of its allies from 2003 to 2011 has vanished. The media? It’s Bush’s fault! Yep, almost six years after his presidency, it’s still Bush’s fault. He signed the agreement in 2007 to pull troops out of Iraq by the end of 2011. However, what the media doesn’t say is that agreement laid the groundwork for a second agreement that would keep some U.S. troops in Iraq longer than that. In fact, the Obama administration was “negotiating” with the Iraqi government to do just that. But Obama wasn’t interested in keeping troops there any longer and used the failure to reach an extension as a reason to get out. Against the advice of ALL military leaders who said if we leave a vacuum will be created and terrorists will take hold in Iraq. Ooops!
The economy FALLS 1 percent in the first quarter of 2014. The media? Can’t be bothered. The price of chicken, meat and fish are at an all-time high. Electricity rates are going through the roof as Obama shuts down more power plants (that supply the electricity we need – especially to power up those electric cars!). Consumer prices are rising sharply. Inflation begins to ramp up. While the media touts all the new jobs created, they rarely note that most of those new jobs are part time. Bad economic news? Let’s bury it! The stock market falls more than 100 in one day. According to the Chicago Tribune, it was due to the House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s election defeat!
Children by the busloads are showing up at the U.S. border. In fact, the border states and the U.S. government can’t handle the hundreds and thousands arriving by the week. The media? What crisis at the border? Sorry, can’t be bothered. We’re too interested in getting into a huffing and puffing match because Donald Trump put his name on his building!
The media just can’t be bothered by things such as IRS and government abuse, overrun borders, incompetence, outing CIA agents in the field and whatever else is going on that makes Obama look bad. While Iraq is crumbling, Obama heads off for another fundraiser and his nearly 200th round of golf.
I’m sure if this was a Republican administration, they would be just as disinterested. Right?