Monday, October 17, 2005

You want a correction, perhaps? Good luck.

Media Matters catches George Will being full of shit or, in other words, himself.
On the October 16 edition of ABC's This Week, Will accused Fitzgerald of changing "statutes in midstream" and equated his investigation to Captain Ahab, a character in Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick, "chasing a white whale":
WILL: So I think -- but the interesting thing is all this started from the supposed violation of a 1982 statute that has nothing to do with this case; people are now agreed on that. So the special prosecutor has changed statutes in midstream as often happens in these cases...
But Will's suggestion that Fitzgerald was initially tasked with investigating "the supposed violation" of the IIPA is false. Fitzgerald's official delegation as special prosecutor, which was reprinted in a 2004 Government Accountability Office decision paper, did not mention the IIPA, nor any other specific statute. Rather, it granted him "all the authority of the Attorney General with respect to the Department's investigation into the alleged unauthorized disclosure of a CIA employee's identity."
Nitpicker has some history trying to get George Will to correct errors he's made. Will was Nitpicker's own white whale, if you will. (See here, here, here, here, here, here and here).

I failed, because neither Will nor the Washington Post felt that a blatant and obvious error needed to be corrected.

Just a little blast from the past for those of you new to Nitpicker and curious about the intellectual honesty of George Will.


Blogger N. Mallory said...

Didn't Ken Starr change direction mid-investigation of Clinton?

8:57 AM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

Only about 50 times.

9:06 AM  

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