The Fifth Horseman: The Continuing Saga of Turdblossom

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


The Continuing Saga of Turdblossom

That's right ladies and gentlemen, today I want to talk about Karl Rove.

Now, lately, the media has been covering Cindy Sheehan and her protest in Crawford quite extensively.

Don't get me wrong: this is a good thing. Cindy Sheehan has finally drawn the media into coverage of the most important question of the Bush Administration: what are we fighting for?

However, all this media coverage of Cindy Sheehan has come at the expense of coverage of another important story: Karl Rove and the Plame Leak.

Now, these two events aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. It's not impossible for the media to cover both of these stories at the same time. In fact, these two stories are very closely related. The stories of both Cindy Sheehan and the Karl Rove scandal ultimately come back to the same question: What are we fighting for?

Although more prominent with the case of Cindy Sheehan, this question also plays a fundamental role in the saga of Karl Rove and the Plame leak. If you recall, the scandal first began with a New York Times Op-Ed piece, penned by Valerie Plame's husband, that undermined the entire justification for the Iraq war by revealing the inherent falsehoods in the Administration's intelligence. Karl Rove retaliated by leaking the name of Mr. Plame's wife to the media, thus blowing her cover as a CIA operative, and possibly placing her live in grave danger.

However, since then, media coverage has paid little attention to the root cause of the scandal. Over time, coverage became more confusing, as the story became increasingly complicated. Eventually, coverage and uproar died down almost completely, and the Rove scandal faded into the background. Now, it seems that coverage of Cindy Sheehan's protest in Crawford has completely overshadowed coverage of the Rove scandal.

The saga of Cindy Sheehan raises important questions, and deserves all the media coverage it is currently getting. It is doing a lot of good, by bringing the inconsistencies in the Administration's justification for war to the attention of the public. However, it is distracting us from the scandal of Karl Rove. With the public's attention diverted away from Rove, it is all to easy for the White House to find a way to weasel out holding Rove accountable.

This is a bad thing.

So, come on bloggers! Keep attention on Cindy Sheehan, but don't forget to devote some time to Karl Rove. What we need now is a two-pronged media blitz on the Administration. They're weak and the media smells blood in the water. If we keep the pressure on, we might actually get some accountability from the Crooks on Capital Hill.

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