The Right Coast

July 11, 2004
Simon on Wilson
By Mike Rappaport

Roger Simon comments on the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Report's debunking of Joseph Wilson. Simon quotes the Washington Post:

Wilson's assertions -- both about what he found in Niger and what the Bush administration did with the information -- were undermined yesterday in a bipartisan Senate intelligence committee report.

The panel found that Wilson's report, rather than debunking intelligence about purported uranium sales to Iraq, as he has said, bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts. And contrary to Wilson's assertions and even the government's previous statements, the CIA did not tell the White House it had qualms about the reliability of the Africa intelligence that made its way into 16 fateful words in President Bush's January 2003 State of the Union address.
Simon's commentary is right on the mark:

What is not astonishing is this article ended up on page 9 of the Post. I didn't bother to look up how many initial articles about the Wilson/Plame allegations appeared on page one of the NYT, WaPo and LAT, but I'll bet it was over a dozen.

Now let me get this straight before people start taking off on the "liberal media." These newspapers are no longer liberal, at least the way I would define the word. A true liberal opposes fascism with the very fabric of his soul. These people oppose Bush with the very fabric of theirs - far more important to them, it seems, than the possession of uranium by totalitarians. There's no greater indication of that than their gullible coverage of the Wilson/Plame affair - pathetic as it was.