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Truthout Explains It All (?)
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Today was supposed to be the day that Truthout.org explained why the Karl Rove Indictment never materialized. Their explanation is...odd.

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In essence they argue that Karl Rove was indicted, but that Patrick Fitzgerald is letting him off the hook, as long as he provides the needed information to get an indictment of Vice President Cheney.

It's Cheney! Cheney is the one who's going down! Who needs Rove when you can get the Dark Lord himself!

Marc Ash argues that the sealed indictment, 06 cr 128, is, in fact, the Rove indictment, and that Fitzgerald is using that sealed indictment to force Rove to testify against Cheney.

But, as Tom Maguire points out, that's a bit hard to swallow.
The gist - in the DC circuit, cases are assigned a docket number in sequence. A sealed case will still get a number in sequence, but will be missing from the docket.

And the case on which TruthNot pins their hopes, 06 cr 128, falls between two cases assigned numbers on May 16 and May 17.

Since Rove was indicted on May 12, that does not work.
It was, surprisingly, an amateur detective at Democratic Underground, of all places, who points out the timeline problem with relying on this indictment as the smoking gun against Rove.

But, Truthout's story is, "We were completely right, but behind-the-scenes maneuvering is hindering the full reportage of the story. Oh, and Cheney! He's going down, because Rove will rat on him! Keep watching this space!"

Whatever. As Jon Podhoretz puts it:
I don't know when I've read anything quite this crazy — at least not for a decade or more, when far-Right versions of the far-Left Truthout maniacs were alleging that Bill Clinton had been a secret CIA agent during his time as governor of Arkansas profiting from small planes flying drugs in and out of Central America and ordering the murder of two teenage boys who saw too much at the Mena airstrip.

To be honest, I don't think Marc Ash, the editor of Truthout, actually believes what he wrote. I think he's got a marketing crisis on his hands. Truthout's website puts it this way: "The growth and success of TO can be linked directly to the support our readers have shown for the project. As many of you may know, TO is 100% reader supported. We have no corporate sponsors, no advertising, and no pop-ups. This news source depends upon its readers for its survival. Sure that can be annoying, and at times intrusive, but it's better, because we answer to you." I suspect that Truthout's aggressive "reporting" on Plamegate was a major moneymaker for Ash's operation, and Ash knows full well that a retraction of it would place the future of his website in jeopardy.

Fitzgerald won't be closing up shop for at least a year, and Ash can keep hope alive on a daily basis — and keep the money flowing from the sorts of people who will swallow almost any kind of flim flam as long as it reinforces their ideological hatreds. A lot of people on the Right made money off the Mena stuff (and other anti-Clinton stuff) in the '90s from angry nuts with checkbooks, and it's easier today with a credit card and a website like Truthout.
As always, Jeff Goldstien puts it even better, and more amusingly:
BREAKING: IT TURNS OUT ROVE WAS INDEED INDICTED - IT’S JUST THAT FITZGERALD WON’T TELL ANYONE, WHICH ALLOWS THAT LYING LUSKIN LIAR TO RUN AROUND TELLING LIES. BUT TRUST US, DICK CHENEY IS, LIKE, SO TOTALLY SCREWED. SERIOUSLY. AS IN, SOON KERRY SPOKESMAN DAVID WADE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT CHENEY GETTING CORNHOLED IN PRISON - THAT’S HOW SCREWED HE IS

*must credit protein wisdom*
So, the guys at TruthOut have at least another year to go before it becomes clear that Fitzgerald wont indict either Rove or Cheney. And if an indictment does appear sometime in the next year, well, then they can claim they were right all along. If not, then day of reckoning is put off, and they have plenty of time to think up a good excuse as to why their "reporting" didn't pan out. In the meantime, the money can keep coming in.

Oh, by the way, that reminds me: I have some very important news to report myself, but before I can report it, I need lots of money from you to support my reporting efforts. You need to transfer money to me directly through PayPal. My PayPal email address is dale-at-dalefranks.com. I can't tell you what this very, very important news is at the present time. But, it's, like, really important! Only your monetary donations will allow me to report this very, very important story.

Which I would love to tell you about, but I can't, because, you must give me money first. I only wish I could unveil the whole, sordid, twisted story now, but I need hefty donations from you before I can make up report this vitally important story.

Did I mention that learning about this story could change your life? Because it will! And make you lose weight, too!

No. Really. I'm serious. And I can prove it to you!

As soon as you donate enough money to allow me to continue my scam reporting efforts!
 
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I heard the dean of Faber College got Rove by using a little-known codicil of the grand-jury law: a double-secret indictment.
 
Written By: Foobarista
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Why such anger and spite?
 
Written By: Paul
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As the Bard said "The Lady doth protest too much, methinks."

Why does this no-account left wing web site (as you might characterize it) cause such affront to you?
 
Written By: bob
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Truthout has become rather a joke in liberal circles. Even when their "Rove was indicted" story came out some weeks ago, most of us raised our eyebrows and said we’d wait for confirmation, thanks. This, I assume, will seal the website’s fate, as it well should.
 
Written By: Waldo Jaquith
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So, the guys at TruthOut have at least another year to go before it becomes clear that Fitzgerald wont indict either Rove or Cheney. And if an indictment does appear sometime in the next year, well, then they can claim they were right all along. If not, then day of reckoning is put off, and they have plenty of time to think up a good excuse as to why their "reporting" didn’t pan out. In the meantime, the money can keep coming in.
I don’t think they’ll ever be able to come up with a good excuse, but if they can delay the need for any excuse for a year, they won’t need one. By then everyone will be too bored of the issue to care.
 
Written By: Xrlq
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Truth Out is far less than credible these days (if it ever was).

But I do think we should be worried about a blogger who can’t make a single post without a reference to anal or animal sex.

Amusing? Err.. OK I guess, if you’re into that thing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that...
 
Written By: davebo
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Remember the punch-line to the old story:
"Much can happen in a year. I might die. The Vizier might die or the Horse might learn to sing."
 
Written By: Joe
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Not that there’s anything wrong with that...
We would never hold your preferences against you Davebo.
 
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