ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Luskin speaks

Karl Rove's lawyer Robert Luskin gave an interview to Anna Schneider-Mayerson of the New York Observer where he gives some interesting comments (emphasis mine).

Actually, it’s the media—not the prosecutor’s office—that he’s angry at, and especially the bloggers. Mr. Luskin was eager to portray the suffering of his client as a function of media attention and speculation, rather than real danger of a conviction.

“It seems to me that there are lots of constituencies who have treated this as the story too good not to be true,” he said. “And people have all had their own reasons—whether they’re political, whether they have to do with opportunities to put themselves forward personally, whether or not they are motivated by efforts to show up the mainstream media.”
Jason, methinks he means you, specifically. How's that retraction going by the way?
He recalled an episode from last month, when a report on the liberal Web site Truthout.org, written by Jason Leopold and citing “high-level sources with direct knowledge of the meeting,” claimed Mr. Rove would be indicted on charges of perjury and lying to investigators, the results of a marathon session of negotiations in Mr. Luskin’s office that he claims never occurred.
(Mr. Leopold and his editor have stood by his report.)

Yep, I think that makes it pretty clear cut. He is talking about you, Jason. Just let your readers know how you were duped by the sources that lied to you. When are we going to let us judge their credibility ourselves?

And how about this little tidbit into the modern operations of the mainstream media?

The weekend Mr. Leopold’s story went online, Mr. Luskin said he had “mainstream-media reporters calling me saying, ‘I’m embarrassed to make this call, because I know this can’t be true—I’ve covered this story, I understand the process, I’ve got my sources—but my editors tell me I need to call and ask, “Is there any truth in this?”’


Right. Embarassed. Uh-huh. Got it.


*Update*

Tom Maguire of JustOneMinute is as usual already covering the issue.


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ARC: Brian