Cheat-Seeking Missles

Monday, April 10, 2006

It's News If We Say It's News

The Big Trunk at PowerLine has the goods on the NYTimes this a.m. The NYT, of course, has headlined its week with the "news" that President Bush authorized "leaks" of information to counter Joe Wilson's little yellow-cake lies.

Big Trunk gives us the full text of AP and Knight-Ridder stories from July 2003 that report basically the same thing: The White House (though not specifically the president) authorized the release of the info. So why is it still news nearly three years later?

Some would say because Bush the leak-criticizer released the news. But if the President authorizes the release of information, it's not a leak

The same who are trying to hype this story would criticize the President if the information had been released without his permission, yet they make a story also of its authorized release.

Here's anti-Bush blogger Jeff at State of the Day, for example:
I've been wondering since this latest Fitz leak nugget broke last week what it takes for an officially classified document to become declassified. It seems ludicrous to me that if King George simply decides to declassify something, *poof*, it's done - nothing to see here.
Yep. That pretty much sums it up, Jeff. Presidents have this thing we call power. Don't worry, your boy Clinton had it too, like when he simply decided to pardon that slimeball Marc Rich, and *poof* it was like the people Rich had hurt through his greed didn't matter at all.

There was something to see there, but there's nothing to see here.

hat-tip: memeorandum
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