Sunday, August 19, 2007

Matt Cooper: Rove's Lying about the Plame Affair

Today, Karl Rove appeared on "Meet the Press." (I thought I felt a disturbance in the force.) At any rate, after Rove's appearance, there was a round table including Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times, Matt Cooper of Conde Nast Portfolio, John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal and CNBC, and Kate O’Beirne of the National Review. Note that David Gregory guest-hosted today.

During the round table, Cooper called Rove a liar (though he didn't use that term) with regards to Rove's statements on the Valerie Plame affair during the broadcast. From today's MTP transcript:

GREGORY: Matt Cooper, let’s pick up on an aspect of the interview with, with Karl Rove having to do with the leak case, the CIA leak case, that you were part of as well. And something’s that’s very interesting, he, he went out of his way to say, “I would not have been a confirming source on this kind of information” and taking issue with, with Novak’s testimony in his column that he knew who Valerie Plame was. He said he would never confirm that information. That’s different from your experience with him.

COOPER: Yeah, I, I think he was dissembling, to put it charitably. Look, Karl Rove told me about Valerie Plame’s identity on July 11th, 2003. I called him because Ambassador Wilson was in the news that week. I didn’t know Ambassador Wilson even had a wife until I talked to Karl Rove and he said that she worked at the agency and she worked on WMD. I mean, to imply that he didn’t know about it or that this was all the leak...

GREGORY: Or that he had heard it from somebody else...

COOPER: ...by someone else, or he heard it as some rumor out in the hallway is, is nonsense.

For those who don't know, dissembling (from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary) means "to put on a false appearance : conceal facts, intentions, or feelings under some pretense." In other words, lie.

The podcast for today's MTP episode can be found here.

2 comments:

ejpiii said...

Mr. Rove has had a life long professional history of making "facts" meet his needs. Right now, he-and the republicans-need to be disassociated with Ms. Plame. I say this as a republican who voted against Bush both times largely because of Rove's history and influence over a dubious-at best-candidate George Bush. Hard to say this, but either Gore or Kerry would've been more honest. It would have been difficult for them to be worse.

Ed

Mark said...

This is for Ed (ejpiii)--Although I am not a Republican, I respect your willingness to talk reasonably about the deficiencies of this administration. If more people were able to speak candidly and honestly about the faults of their own party and candidates, our debates could be more reasonable, and our country would be stronger. If more Democrats admitted that Bill Clinton wasn't perfect, maybe more Republicans would stop blaming Mr. Clinton for all of the Bush administration's screw-ups. It's time to stop blaming and start working.