Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Brit Hume apparently an idiot

I should have seen this coming.

Yesterday, I (and others) talked about Byron York's little court reporting experiment with Rove's lawyer. I kind of skipped over this bit.
Luskin declined to say how Rove knew that Plame "apparently" (to use Cooper's word) worked at the CIA.
Today York was on Brit Hume's show on Fox News talking about this meeting and brought up the word "apparently" again. Later, during his roundtable someone mentioned that Rove had mentioned Wilson's wife worked for the CIA. Hume interrupted, saying "the word he used was 'apparently.'"

This is just a blatant spin of Cooper's e-mail. There is no suggestion that Rove said "apparently." Hume just wants you to believe that Rove was being wishy-washy, as if he didn't even know for sure where she worked. But even York says that "apparently" was "Cooper's word." Cooper wrote "it was, KR said, wilson's wife, who apparently works at the agency on wmd issues who authorized the trip."

Cooper was using "apparently" in the same way I do when I say that "Fox News anchor Brit Hume, who apparently used to work in real journalism, is a complete idiot."


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