Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Scooter takes the fall

Don't let Fox News fool you. They apparently fell victim to yet another one of those curious typos that keep cropping up when bad news for the White House hits the news cycle. Scooter Libby has indeed been found guilty on four out of the five counts.

I have to say I'm kind of glad that it's over. Since we share a name, the headlines have often startled me. So when I opened up my email and found a message saying "Libby found guilty," my first reaction was to wonder if I had been convicted of something in absentia. My second reaction was actually disappointment that it was just Libby and not Cheney and Rove who were in the headlines.

I'll have more to say on this later when I have time to read through the press but for now let me point you to Media Matters where they're doing a little pre-emptive debunking of the anticipated right wing spin. I think their first point is the most important. The White House supporters will surely spin this as a vindication of the administration and offer it as some kind of proof that no underlying crime was committed, but as Media Matters points out:

Since a federal grand jury indicted Libby in October 2005, numerous media figures have stated that the nature of the charges against him prove that special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald's investigation of the CIA leak case found that no underlying crime had been committed. But this assertion ignores Fitzgerald's explanation that Libby's obstructions prevented him -- and the grand jury -- from determining whether the alleged leak violated federal law.

Scooter did his job and took the fall. The first question that comes to mind is how long will it take for Bush to issue a presidential pardon? Anybody taking bets?

[graphic hat tip]

(Cross-posted at The Reaction.)
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Blogger Kathy said...

Ha! That caption is Fox News doing some wishful thinking. I read somewhere today that Libby actually had a bit of a swagger when he entered the courtroom this morning. Maybe Fox News, Libby and the Bush administration really expected a not guilty verdict.

The jury did a great job.

5:33:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey Kathy. They did do a good job. I haven't had time to process it all yet.

6:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Libby juror asked the right question: where's Karl Rove?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDaRFf7Cd6M By a bunch of Detroit Second City folks, pretty hilarious.

Barry A

11:25:00 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Not one day behind bars.

By the way, Libby, Libby Lewis covered Lewis Libby today on NPR.

4:07:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey Barry thanks for stopping by and for the link.

Nolo - that's too funny.

7:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox has actually shifted even further to the right lately. they don't even make the pretense of being a regular news network. they are totally indistinguishable from CBN and Pat Robertson. But don't let that ruin your fitzmas. the good guys won and it's far from over www.antiwar.com/justin

word verification: naqwuzd

12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hate to defend Fox news but that caption is accurate in that it is describing the one count on which Libby was found not guilty.

1:08:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I think you're right Lester. Fox decided to just play to their strength and please the diehard White House supporters who have issues with accepting anything outside of their own little worldview.

CStanley, nice to see you. Yeah technically it's accurate but you have to admit it's misleading. It's kind of like saying a guy who suffered two broken legs, a broken arm and a broken neck isn't injured because one of his arms wasn't broken. I think it an indication of how worried Fox is about their slipping ratings that they would use such a misleading hook to get viewers to watch their report.

2:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I agree that it's misleading and quite possibly intentionally so. I guess my opinion on that depends on whether or not this was a rolling headline where the byline goes through first saying "Libby verdict guilty on 4 of 5 counts" and then listed the individual verdicts one at a time. If that was the case then whoever caught the screenshot image was the one who was distorting a bit. If Fox only displayed this line as the summary of the verdict, then bad on them of course.

4:05:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Good point CStanley. Somebody sent me the screen capture so I have no way of knowing. I just thought it was an appropriate graphic for the post, but you do have to admit that Fox has a odd history of these "typos". It's not the first time they put up a header that contradicts the facts.

10:20:00 AM  

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