by Sara Noble and Gary Spina
According to the AP, a CIA agent’s name was leaked by the White House . The AP calls it an “embarrassing flub” even though it was a crime when an aide in the Bush administration leaked the name of part-time agent Valerie Plame.
What’s given little attention in the story is the fact that the Washington Post reporter who wrote the story sent his copy to the White House to be checked for “accuracy.”
From the Washington Post:
“White House officials realized the error after the Post reporter notified them, and sent out a new list without the station chief’s name. Other major news organizations, including the Post, also agreed not to publish the officer’s name.”
“The reporter who distributes the pool report sends it to the White House to be checked for factual accuracy and then forwarded to the thousands of journalists on the email distribution list, so in this case the White House failed on at least two occasions to recognize that the CIA official’s name was being revealed and circulated so broadly.”
First of all, any reporter worth his salt would not depend on the subject he’s reporting on to verify accuracy. That’s just crazy. He’d make damned sure it was accurate before he wrote his story – and he’d freely hammer the person(s) responsible, not thank them for helping him write his story.
Of course it’s collusion. The reporter is merely an extension of the White House propaganda/spin machine.
In 2012, the Daily Caller revealed, through sources at Media Matters that Media Matters worked closely with the White House and media sources to bring us the “news.” Media Matters is a far-left organization and website dedicated to attacking political opponents of Progressives. Their purpose for existence is to debunk all stories not in line with their viewpoint.
“We were pretty much writing their prime time,” a former Media Matters employee said of the cable channel MSNBC. “But then virtually all the mainstream media was using our stuff.”
On Fast & Furious, Media Matters and the White House “instant messaged.”
Media Matters declared a war on Fox two years. Fox is the only mainstream media station that opposes President Obama and his Progressive agenda.
In March of this year, a former Think Progress blogger said the White House was censoring and influencing their articles when they went off message.
In a post titled, ”How Working in Washington Taught Me We’re All A Little Like RT America,” blogger Jilani explained how the White House frequently played the part of the Kremlin — leaning on management to push their writers in a particular direction, and punishing them if they strayed from the party line.
“I’m writing this post to explain how working in Washington taught me we’re all a little bit like the good folks who work at RT America,” Jilani explained, “struggling against editorial censors, doing our best to follow our conscience despite sometimes suffocating pressures from our publishers and sponsors.”
Obama’s White House has abused, bullied and threatened the press since coming to office. Sharyl Attkisson was bullied directly by the Justice Department over her investigation of Fast & Furious. Bob Woodward and Bob Beckel were directly threatened by White House staff. James Rosen of Fox was secretly labeled a spy so the White House could spy on him and his family, though it was really meant to threaten him and potentially destroy his career as an investigative journalist.
This White House has investigated more whistleblower cases than all previous administrations combined. No one crosses them, no American that is.
Because the press agrees with the president’s ideology, they are willing to do his bidding instead of playing the role of watchdogs. It must be hard for them, being so arrogant and all.
Mr. Obama has filled White House staff positions with relatives of media hacks. CBS News President David Rhodes’ brother is Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.
ABC News president Ben Sherwood’s sister, Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, is Special Assistant to Barack Obama on national security affairs.
CNN’s deputy bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is the wife of Tom Nides who was Hillary Clinton’s deputy until February.
If you are unfamiliar with the story posted on May 26, it seems the White House press office blew the cover of the top CIA agent in Afghanistan Sunday, when the person’s name was included on a list given to reporters during a visit to the country by President Barack Obama.
It is a crime to leak a CIA agent’s name, one for which an innocent man working under George Bush was convicted.
In 2003, Valerie Plame’s name was given up and Lewis “Scooter” Libby was convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury in the case. Libby was innocent and it came out much later that General Colin Powell knew he was innocent but let him go through the trial and conviction without once telling the truth. Libby was the chief of staff to then-VP Dick Cheney.
Colin Powell’s deputy Richard Armitage was the leaker. Powell never told the president, the Attorney General, or the public what Armitage had done. He sat silent as the investigation played out and as Karl Rove and Libby were ensnared by the investigation, a “crime” for which Armitage should have been prosecuted.
I put “crime” in quotes because most already knew Plame was running around cocktail parties picking up gossip she then relayed to the CIA.
In 2012, the White House leaked top secret information in the Stuxnet case to David Sanger for his book Confront and Conceal.
It put Israel in a dangerous position, but no one was ever prosecuted for it. The leak was for personal political gain. The leak was meant to make the president appear to be tough on enemies while using non-violent means. He was destroying the enemy with computer viruses.
In September 2011, when Obama was taking heat from the public for his treatment of Netanyahu, information leaked out that Gates thought Netanyahu was “ungrateful” and that Hillary Clinton shared Obama’s displeasure with Netanyahu having seen it first hand when her husband was President. These leaks served Obama well at the time.
Collusion, leaks, and threats to the press mark this “transparent” administration as a standout fighting against any semblance of a free press.