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Wash. Post on Karl Rove, barely

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The Post has one newsworthy item in the Plame affair story:

Fitzgerald may learn more details from Cooper's notes. Sources close to the investigation say there is evidence in some instances that some reporters may have told government officials -- not the other way around -- that Wilson was married to Plame, a CIA employee.
However, they way they deal with the Rove issue is typically frustrating. Not only are they still reporting spin from Rove's lawyer, they had Rove in their offices yesterday and didn't get any news from him. Grrrrrr:
On Saturday, Rove's attorney said that Rove spoke with Cooper during the critical period in July 2003, just after Wilson's piece appeared, when reporters were calling the White House to ask questions about Wilson's assertions. But he said that Rove did not reveal Plame's identity and that Fitzgerald has assured him Rove is not a target of the investigation.
Okay, Washington Post reporters, please read Lawrence O'Donnell's recent post on Huffington Post...there must be at least one reporter over there who knows that these words like "target" have very specific meanings, and that you could be led astray if you don't follow up with the right questions. Now, that can be hard work...but it really matters. So don't just keep telling us Rove is not a target, or was not a target, when there seems to be more going on with the investigation.

Then, WP, you put this in the story:
At a lunch meeting yesterday with Washington Post reporters and editors, Rove declined to answer questions about the Plame case.
Then what the hell did you talk about? How smart he is? At least could you tell us how he declined? Did he say: my lawyer won't let me talk about this? Or did he just say I won't talk about it, and a whole room of Washington Post reporters and editors just said, okay.

Think about this. Despite this growing controversy, Rove has so much confidence in his ability to dupe the press, that he went right in to the Washington Post without any qualms or concerns. He really does view the media as patsies.

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