Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Behind the White House Leak of the CIA Agent’s Name Is a Real Story

by Sara Noble and Gary Spina
According to the AP, a CIA agent’s name was leaked by the White House . The AP calls it an “embarrassing flub” even though it was a crime when an aide in the Bush administration leaked the name of part-time agent Valerie Plame.
What’s given little attention in the story is the fact that the Washington Post reporter who wrote the story sent his copy to the White House to be checked for “accuracy.”
From the Washington Post:
“White House officials realized the error after the Post reporter notified them, and sent out a new list without the station chief’s name. Other major news organizations, including the Post, also agreed not to publish the officer’s name.”
“The reporter who distributes the pool report sends it to the White House to be checked for factual accuracy and then forwarded to the thousands of journalists on the email distribution list, so in this case the White House failed on at least two occasions to recognize that the CIA official’s name was being revealed and circulated so broadly.”
First of all, any reporter worth his salt would not depend on the subject he’s reporting on to verify accuracy. That’s just crazy. He’d make damned sure it was accurate before he wrote his story – and he’d freely hammer the person(s) responsible, not thank them for helping him write his story.
Of course it’s collusion. The reporter is merely an extension of the White House propaganda/spin machine.
In 2012, the Daily Caller revealed, through sources at Media Matters that Media Matters worked closely with the White House and media sources to bring us the “news.” Media Matters is a far-left organization and website dedicated to attacking political opponents of Progressives. Their purpose for existence is to debunk all stories not in line with their viewpoint.
“We were pretty much writing their prime time,” a former Media Matters employee said of the cable channel MSNBC. “But then virtually all the mainstream media was using our stuff.”
On Fast & Furious, Media Matters and the White House “instant messaged.”
Media Matters declared a war on Fox two years. Fox is the only mainstream media station that opposes President Obama and his Progressive agenda.
In March of this year, a former Think Progress blogger said the White House was censoring and influencing their articles when they went off message.
In a post titled, ”How Working in Washington Taught Me We’re All A Little Like RT America,” blogger Jilani explained how the White House frequently played the part of the Kremlin — leaning on management to push their writers in a particular direction, and punishing them if they strayed from the party line.
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