An astonishing editorial today in the Washington Post:
...It follows that one of the most sensational charges leveled against the Bush White House -- that it orchestrated the leak of Ms. Plame's identity to ruin her career and thus punish Mr. Wilson -- is untrue. The partisan clamor that followed the raising of that allegation by Mr. Wilson in the summer of 2003 led to the appointment of a special prosecutor, a costly and prolonged investigation, and the indictment of Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, on charges of perjury. All of that might have been avoided had Mr. Armitage's identity been known three years ago."It's unfortunate that so many people took him [Joe Wilson] seriously." Quite an admission from the Washington Post who along with the rest of the lamestream media spent much of the past three years indulging the left's attempts to create hysterics and hype over the big lie being told by Joe Wilson and amplified by the "news" media.
Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame's CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming -- falsely, as it turned out -- that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush's closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It's unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.
The real scandal here is the massive attempt to smear and ensnare the elected political leadership of our nation during a time of war. Why are no legal remedies being taken to hold Joe Wilson and his wife accountable for this fraud?
The "news" media treated this story as a potential Watergate for years. Staking out the courthouse where Karl Rove testified, endless speculation about the role Vice President Cheney may have played.
And now you admit that "oops" you were fooled? That's it? The damage is already done. Too many lefties out there sipped from the Kool Aid the "news" media and lefty bloggers served. And what about Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby? To paraphrase the words of falsely accused Reagan Labor Secretary Ray Donovan: "Where do they go to get their reputations back?"
The very least the lamestream media could do is expend a fraction of the ink above the fold they used to smear Rove/Cheney/Libby and demand prosecution of Wilson and Plame.