Can this be?
Followed the link from the Heretik to the Newsweek story on Matthew Cooper's toadying for Karl Rove. It looks to me as though Rove told Cooper that the Nigerian yellowcake story was true, Saddam was trying to get his hands on weapons grade fissionable materials, Joe Wilson's report was a crock, and the Wilsons were a couple of untrustworthy liberals bent on spoiling the President's fun in Iraq out of meanness and because they were flakes, and Cooper just took his word for it!
Is that what happened?
I don't care if you don't believe that Karl Rove is a malignancy, although he is. The man's reputation is based on his talent for lying and manipulating people. You can think that that's clever of him, you can admire that talent even. You can think that instead of the complaining about Rove's tricks, the Democrats should go out and hire their own master liar and manipulator. You can be that cynical. Fine. But then when you talk to the man there's no excuse for your not being aware that what he's doing with you is probably what he does with everybody else. You can admire and respect that son of a bitch all you want, like him even, but you don't trust him!
A professional liar told Matthew Cooper a story and Cooper said, "Gosh!" and wrote it down?
Leave aside the question why hasn't Time fired him yet. How did he get his job in the first place? How did a man this gullible graduate from journalism school?
Reporters I know, a nun tells them the time of day, they call the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England to check it out.
I'm imagining Mike Royko interviewing Mayor Daley---Ok, first I have to imagine Royko actually getting in to see Daley instead of Daley, when he hears Royko's at the door, sending a goon out to beat him up. But say Daley was in a charitable mood and he granted that life-long thorn in his side an interview. I'm imagining Daley telling Royko, well, anything, his wife's name, his favorite flavor of ice cream, what he had for lunch that day, the score from last night's Cubs game, and I'm imagining Royko---he's laughing derisively and telling the mayor, "Yeah, right. Pull the other one."
Now I'm imagining Daley telling Royko, "Mike, you got to stop writing all those nasty things about Chicago politicians. You know those two alderman you called crooks and liars in your column the other day? I swear to you, honest as the day is long, the both of them. Poor as church mice, those guys. Do their jobs out of the goodness of their hearts. You can hardly persuade them to accept their legitimate salaries, nevermind the bribes and the graft. Altruists, the pair of them. I swear to you, MIke. And, hey, you creep, why aren't you writing any of this down?"
No way I can imagine the greenest cub reporter in Chicago, let alone Royko, going back to his office and typing up a memo to his editors that says the aldermen are Boy Scouts, Mayor Daley told me so.
Journalists in Chicago knew what kind of guy Richard Daley was.
Don't journalists in Washington know what kind of guy Karl Rove is? I know they've felt like they've had to bow and scrape before him for five years. I know they print stuff he says as if they believe it, all the time. They don't want to risk getting crossed off the guest list for the next insiders' ball or becoming suddeny invisible at White House press conferences and finding that they can't even get the lowest level aide's lowest level aides to take their calls.
I know they know Rove's vindictive and mean and determined his boss's version of the story is the version of the story everybody hears loudest and longest.
But do any of them besides Matthew Cooper believe Rove is honest, despite a few faults?
And none of the ones who know better ever bothered to clue Cooper in?
Can't be. I've got to be reading that Newsweek story wrong.
Nobody's that dumb.