A good magician practices the art of indirection: calling attention to the right hand while the left hand does all the work.
Today the Press has gone after Karl Rove on full attack mode. The accusation: background information reportedly given by Karl Rove leaked the specifics of Valerie Plame's identity to the press, as done in a New York Times news article: A Mystery That They Could Solve Today.
The most amazing part about this is the indirection. In the right hand, innuendo which is designed to take Karl Rove down by insinuating that he leaked information which--had Karl Rove really done it, and had that information--which the press knew because it was leaked to the press been given up to the public, could have taken Karl Rove down last year during the election, and made the difference between Bush and Kerry winning the election.
With all due respect, the right hand is weak, because we are now to believe that the Press withheld information--deliberately keeping the President in office--but now (for whatever reason of timing) it's time to go on the attack to take the President's right hand man down?
But what is most amazing is that in all the heat, in all the distraction, no-one is looking in the left hand. And in the left hand?
It takes two to leak information to the public. It takes the government source and it takes the reporter who reported the secret.
And while we don't know for certain who the government source was, we know it was Robert Novak who reported the secret.
From the New York Times article:
Under some circumstances, it can be against the law to disclose the identity of a covert C.I.A. operative.
So, why hasn't Mr. Wilson, Valerie Plame's husband, called for Robert Novak to be "frog-marched" out of the offices of the Chicago Sun-Times? And why does the New York Times spend 2,000 words trying to impune Karl Rove's integrity when they admit it was Robert Novak's article which disclosed this potentially offending secret to the public?