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Why You Can’t Trust The Associated Press

A typical example of what passes for journalism from the Associated Press:

Former aide testifies in CIA leak case

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – President Bush’s former spokesman told a House committee Friday he doesn’t know whether any White House officials broke the law when they revealed CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity, then tried to cover up the leak

He also suggested that Bush could do much to redeem his own credibility and that of politicians in general if he would embrace "openness and candor and then constantly strive to build trust across the aisle."

Speaking of "openness and candor," notice the glaring and typical mendacity in the AP’s very first sentence:

[H]e doesn’t know whether any White House officials broke the law when they revealed CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity, then tried to cover up the leak.

This is the same logical fallacy of saying "the apples in the barrel are not rotten," when there are no applies in the barrel. Which is to say it contains what in logic is called an existential fallacy.

For the article contains a false premise — that the White House illegally revealed Valerie Plame’s identity.

But as we know now, despite the best efforts of the Associated Press, no White House official revealed Valerie Plame’s identity, then tried to cover it up.

The leak was done by Richard Armitage (and before him, Joe Wilson). And both of these gentlemen were current or former denizens of the State Department.

Similarly, no one at the White House tried to cover up this leak, since there was no leak from the White House to cover up.

Indeed, the only person who sought to cover up who "leaked" was the prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.

The selfsame Mr. Fitzgerald swore everyone who knew the truth to secrecy so he could pursue his despicable and costly witch hunt.

Lastly, Valerie Plame’s identity was not protected by any laws, which is why no one was prosecuted for her name being revealed. Not even Mr. Armitage.

But this is how the Associated Press spread their lies and propaganda for their Democrat masters day in and day out.

For those who are interested in who actually did leak Ms. Plame’s identity and why, may I suggest our own exegesis on the subject:

When And Why Joe Wilson Outed Valerie Plame.

It contains much information you will never find in the DNC’s Associated Press.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 20th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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