Sticking by Rove Indictment Story

Truthout’s Marc Ash is sticking by their story that Karl Rove was informed last Friday that he was indicted, even though Rove’s people all deny it and no other source on the planet is reporting the story.

We have been contacted by at least three reporters from mainstream media – network level organizations – who shared with us off-the-record confirmation and moral support. When we asked why they were not going public with this information, in each case they expressed frustration with superiors who would not allow it.

Because, as we all know, mainstream media never run with rumors, anonymous sources, or use the fact that a lower tier publication has run with a story as a premise to run their own story?

We reported that Patrick Fitzgerald had, “instructed one of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 business hours to get his affairs in order….” That does not mean that at the end of that 24-hour period, Fitzgerald is obliged to hold a press conference and make an announcement. It just means that he has given Rove a 24-hour formal notification. Fitzgerald is not obliged to make an announcement at any point; he does so at his own discretion, and not if it compromises his case. So we’re all stuck waiting here. Grab some coffee.

Actually, what Truthout reported was:

Within the last week, Karl Rove told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials, that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will immediately resign his White House job when the special counsel publicly announces the charges against him, according to sources.

Details of Rove’s discussions with the president and Bolten have spread through the corridors of the White House where low-level staffers and senior officials were trying to determine how the indictment would impact an administration that has been mired in a number of high-profile political scandals for nearly a year, said a half-dozen White House aides and two senior officials who work at the Republican National Committee.

This is almost certainly untrue.

We’ll see, of course, at some point. But Truthout appears to be aptly named.



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  1. wavemaker says:

    The mere notion that newspaper editors would not run this story is just too preposterous to be believed. I mean, we are talking about evil incarnate, aren’t we?!??

  2. Bithead says:

    Simply put, the reason the mainstream media didn’t run with a story in the first place, was because they’d gotten stung by Ash and his crowd previously. They are at least that pragmatic.

    Not so for the left half of the ‘sphere, however. the arguments, the accusations, and the general back and forth has been a source of amusement for this writer for the last several days.

  3. Alan says:

    Another blogger/journalist with unconfirmed reports:

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  5. McGehee says:

    Hmmm. I used to read CHB before they went off the deep end.

    Must be close on eight years ago.