Monday, November 21, 2005

Knock On Wood

Bob Woodward was just interviewed on Larry King Live about his deceptive involvement in the Valerie Plame leak scandal. Check out AMERICAblog for the play-by-play.

Woodward now admits that he spoke with a White House source about Valerie Plame long before the now-indicted Scooter Libby's first leak. Yet for two years he maintained silence about this fact even as he publicly criticized the Fitzgerald investigation. Once revealed, Woodward quickly asserted that he remained silent out of fear of indictment -- even though six months passed between the time he discussed Valerie Plame with his White House source and the start of the Fitzgerald investigation. Of course, Woodward was simultaneously working on his third book about George W. Bush. You connect the dots.

Woodward rose to international fame with his investigative reporting during the Watergate scandal. He actually played a key role in bringing down Richard Nixon's presidency. How ironic that he now plays a role in keeping an equally corrupt administration in power. His first source was code-named "Deep Throat" after the scandalous Linda Lovelace porn film playing in theaters around that time. Perhaps this time he will code-name his source "Roving Tongue"?

This is not the first time Woodward has made claims which seem incredible or downright false. In his earlier book, "Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA" Woodward displayed his usual mix of revelation and hallucination. Although the book demonstrated Woodward's wide array of sources throughout government agencies, it also demonstrated his delusional sense of self-importance. "Veil" revealed the second-most famous source in Woodward's career, CIA Director William Casey. Or maybe not. Although Casey was in intensive care at the hospital, Woodward was somehow able to slip past the guards and interview him. Casey supposedly came out of his coma long enough to confirm everything Woodward wrote in his book.

Hopefully, the American people will come out of their coma in time to vote next year.