Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Tucker Carlson Fails To Disclose His Family Connection to Scooter Libby

I have said in a couple of postings that I find Tucker Carlson to be the "least offensive" conservative in today's conservative dominated media. His show, The Situation with Tucker Carlson, can be pretty funny. Tucker, to his credit, is willing to change his mind on many issues when presented with a stronger argument than his own.

But when the Treasongate scandal broke out (aka the outing of Valerie Plame's covert CIA status), Tucker lost all rationality and has been in total administration-toadie mode. He recited their talking points, continually makes the bogus claim that Plame was not a covert agent, and that no crime was committed by leaking her name to the press. Tucker even takes it a step further by saying that pursuing this indictment against Scooter Libby for perjury, is actually an attack on the 1st Amendment and freedom of the press. Of course, this is a ridiculous and irrational over-reaction, and it is uncharacteristic of Carlson. So why would an ordinarily rational right-winger have such an over-the-top reaction?

In today's Huffington Post, Ariana Huffington tells us why. Tucker's father is part of the Libby Defense Team! He is a member of the advisory committee of the Libby Legal Defense Trust, and is so close to Libby that he even couried a check to him the day he was indicted!

Here is some of the article:

The Full Disclosure Tucker Carlson Isn't Making
Ever since Scooter Libby was indicted, Tucker Carlson has had a lot to say about the central players in the legal drama, Libby and Patrick Fitzgerald. On his MSNBC show and on his blog, he's been unfailingly supportive of Libby and critical of Fitzgerald.

Here was his takedown of Fitzgerald the day the indictments were announced:

Pat Fitzgerald gave us all a long lecture this afternoon about the grave harm leaks like this do to America. "National security was at stake," he said. But when a reporter asked Fitzgerald how the leak of Valerie Wilson's name had hurt the country, he refused to answer.... If Patrick Fitzgerald believes the leak of Valerie Wilson's name constitutes a crime, he ought to indict someone for it. Otherwise, he ought to spare us the lectures.

A few weeks later, following the post-indictment revelation of Bob Woodward's involvement in the story, Carlson asked:

What else doesn't Pat Fitzgerald know? After two years of investigating the case, he had no idea Woodward was a recipient of the Plame leak (something anybody who lives in Washington would have guessed immediately), and learned only when he was told by an unnamed administration official. Yet Fitzgerald's ignorance didn't prevent him from accusing Libby - falsely and in public - of undermining this country's security. Fitzgerald should apologize, though of course he never will.(read the rest)

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