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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Carl Cameron of Fox "News" Already Lying For The Rove Defense

Posted by Frankie at 7/12/2005 01:54:00 PM

Maybe it is because Cameron has sympathy for Rove because they both share the first name (although spelled different), but Fox “News” has already started propagandizing the Karl Rove defense. Squinty eyed, metro sexual thinking on the mind Republican Carl Cameron parsed Bush’s past statements that he (Bush), “never actually said the word ‘fired’.” This is an obvious lie as Bush did indeed comment that he would "fire" whoever leaked Plame's cover. Though Republican Cameron thought it would be cute to report a separate Bush interview where Bush commented that the “leak” would be “held accountable.” Thanks Media Matters FA for the video:

Bush at a June 10, 2004, press conference after the G8 summit:

Q: Given recent developments in the CIA leak case, particularly Vice President [Dick] Cheney's discussions with the investigators, do you still stand by what you said several months ago, a suggestion that it might be difficult to identify anybody who leaked the agent's name?

BUSH: That's up to --

Q: And, and, do you stand by your pledge to fire anyone found to have done so?

BUSH: Yes. And that's up to the U.S. attorney to find the facts.

McClellan at a September 29, 2003, press briefing:

McCLELLAN: The president has set high standards, the highest of standards for people in his administration. He's made it very clear to people in his administration that he expects them to adhere to the highest standards of conduct. If anyone in this administration was involved in it [the leaking of Plame's identity], they would no longer be in this administration.


Q: You continue to talk about the severity of this and if anyone has any information they should go forward to the Justice Department. But can you tell us, since it's so severe, would someone or a group of persons, lose their job in the White House?

McCLELLAN: At a minimum.

Q: At a minimum?

McCLELLAN: At a minimum.

From the July 11 edition of Fox News' Special Report With Brit Hume:

CAMERON: Early on in the leak's probe, the president himself said those responsible would be held accountable.

BUSH (clip): If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated law, the person will be taken care of.

CAMERON: The president never actually said the word "fired," but that is what some reporters and Democrats seemed to expect.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER HARRY REID [D-NV] (clip): The White House promised, if anyone was involved in the Valerie Plame affair, they would no longer be in this administration, his administration. I trust they will follow through on this pledge.

CAMERON: Democrats have already begun to call for Rove's political scalp. Some want him fired, others want him suspended with his security clearances revoked. And still others are calling for congressional hearings with Rove to testify in person.

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