Friday, February 20, 2004

The 'Tell' Returns

"Close your eyes, cover your ears and chant "la-la-la-la-la--la-la-la…I can't hear you". Well, at least that's what the 'troops' over at the Wall Street Journal's OpinionJournal would have you do. How do we know this? Simple. Kerfuffle.

Nitpicker's very own Terry previously made the astute observation that whenever James Taranto, et al would most like to use slight of hand or misdirection, to have you believe that the topic of discussion is really much ado about nothing, they invariably resort to using the word, kerfuffle.

They have invoked kerfuffle (meaning commotion or fuss) over the 2000 election re-count, Iraq's WMDs, gay rights and same-sex marriage, the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame as well as other topics - you get the picture. I'm amazed we haven't seen an opinion piece on the National Guard kerfuffle (maybe I missed it) but I digress.

In previous iterations of the Plame kerfuffle (cited here) they would have us believe it was nothing more than an insubstantial scandal but perhaps the Grand Jury investigation has dissuaded them from that argument.

In their latest iteration they would have us believe that all journalists are calling for Robert Novak to reveal his sources and in doing so they are abandoning their principles. Of course they are doing this only because the ethically superior Mr. Novak is a "conservative journalist" -let's call it the "Novak Exception". Never mind that, in actuality, journalists are split as to whether confidentiality should be breached. Never mind that Novak has revealed his source before. Most of all, ignore the fact that journalists don't withhold sources because of some sense of journalistic integrity, they do so for the very self-serving motivation of maintaining those sources to further their careers.

Nothing to see here folks, the CIA didn't prevent Novak from publishing, Mr. Wilson's just looking for headlines (I mean he supports Kerry), the grand jury depositions are just looking for scapegoats … Kerfuffle? Indeed.

My thanks to our good friend and fellow blogger Sadly, No! for bringing the WSJ article (that Terry would have posted on given the opportunity) to my attention.

My apologies to Terry for the inadequacy of my posting.


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