Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Media Scoop Envy

On MSNBC's "Countdown tonight, Dana Priest of the Washington Post said that breaking news by RAW STORY that a Cheney lieutenant "from the offices of then-Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs" had flipped and was now testifying for Fitzgerald was actually old news.

Just an unsubstantiated rumor, nothing more.

If indeed this breaking story is merely old gossip from media chatterboxes, you would think it would have been reported by someone, even if only a blogger.

What is more, the article says, "[a] senior aide to Vice President Dick Cheney is cooperating with special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson [according to] sources close to the investigation."

Is Priest saying RAW STORY just made up sources, ALA Jayson Blair, in their report?

In the future, mainstream media may want to give more deference to breaking news before they disparage a report. Seems like just last Wednesday RAW STORY wrote about Cheney's possible involvement in the Plame/Miller/Rove/Libby several days before The New York Times and Judy Miller's tome came out.

RAW STORY once again used " individuals close to Fitzgerald" as their source; and after a number of articles by mainstream media during the last couple of days, including the Washington Post, looks like RAW STORY was right on the money.

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