Praise for The Washington Post

December 4, 2010

Unlike the New York Times, the Post has some measure of integrity left, even if they sometimes forget where they put it. In this case, they remembered it for a special review of Sean Penn and Naomi Watts’ movie “Fair Game,” about Plamegate, the scandal involving former diplomat (and lying publicity hound) Joe Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame. Here’s a sample:

We certainly hope that is not the case. In fact, “Fair Game,” based on books by Mr. Wilson and his wife, is full of distortions – not to mention outright inventions. To start with the most sensational: The movie portrays Ms. Plame as having cultivated a group of Iraqi scientists and arranged for them to leave the country, and it suggests that once her cover was blown, the operation was aborted and the scientists were abandoned. This is simply false. In reality, as The Post’s Walter Pincus and Richard Leiby reported, Ms. Plame did not work directly on the program, and it was not shut down because of her identification.

The movie portrays Mr. Wilson as a whistle-blower who debunked a Bush administration claim that Iraq had tried to purchase uranium from the African country of Niger. In fact, an investigation by the Senate intelligence committee found that Mr. Wilson’s reporting did not affect the intelligence community’s view on the matter, and an official British investigation found that President George W. Bush’s statement in a State of the Union address that Britain believed that Iraq had sought uranium in Niger was well-founded.

Another Lefty myth shot down in flames. Good for you, WaPo!

Via Moe Lane

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Smart Power in action: the cartoon version

December 4, 2010

This is a darned accurate summary of Obama administration diplomacy in the Middle East, as revealed in the State Department cables released by Wikileaks, courtesy of Mere Rhetoric:

Be weak towards our enemies and hard on our friends. Is it November, 2012, yet?

PS: These animations have become sort of an Internet rage, recently. You can make your own at Xtranormal.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


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