Monday, June 9, 2008

McCllelan to Testify Under Oath

AP reports that the former White House Press Secretary will take questions under oath from the House Judiciary Committee next week about the White House's role in the leaking of the identity of Valerie Plame.

I know it's already old news, but at the trial for former Cheney chief of staff Scooter Libby, a Cheney spokeswoman testified that "Cheney personally wrote out statements and talking points for Libby and other aides to give to reporters to rebut [Plame's husband and Bush critic Joseph] Wilson's allegations."

That these talking points found their way to McClellan and out into a press corps willing to go along with the ruse about the Plame matter is news, however. Even though Hillary Clinton was thought to have made too much of the "vast right-wing conspiracy" against her husband while he was President, she was very likely spot-on. From the White House and Republican Party, down to the corporate media, to reporters who were seduced by just a little more access in exchange for favorable stories, it's clear that opponents of the machine had little chance to get their message out in an unbiased, un-spun fashion.

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