Tim Russert, who blabbed to the FBI about his conversation with Scooter Libby, thought the Valerie Plame leak was "really big." Funny how no one at NBC bothered to share the "really big" leak with their viewers. A "really big" story that they never told:
Mr. Russert, who limped into the courtroom Wednesday using a crutch because of a broken ankle, recalled that conversation for Mr. Fitzgerald, who took less than nine minutes to draw out the account, in which Mr. Russert said that Mr. Libby was “agitated” about Mr. Matthews.You said it to yourself? You run the Washington bureau of NBC News. Your news team repeated the White House denials for years. You knew the White House was lying. Now, that's a "really big" story. Tim Russert, like most of the Washington press corps, blew it.
Asked how he could tell Mr. Libby was agitated, Mr. Russert replied: “He said, ‘What the hell’s going on with Hardball. Dammit, I’m tired of hearing my name over and over again.’ ”
Mr. Russert insisted that it “would be impossible” for him to have told Mr. Libby about Ms. Wilson in their conversation on July 10 or 11, 2003, “because I didn’t know who that person was until I read the Bob Novak column.” He said that, when he read it on July 14, he said to himself, “Wow, this is really big.”
But, hey, Nancy Pelosi is going to get an Air Force plane to transport her (just like her predecessor did). That non-story came via the Moonie-owned Washington Times, so the Washington press corps is all over it.
The media's standards: Lying, leaking White House, not a story. Pelosi plane, big story. Idiots.