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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Today in Speculation

Posted by on November 17 at 15:39 PM

I am so mad at Bob Woodward. Here I was, enjoying a nice lull in speculation that I thought might last all the way until Scooter Libby’s trial, and Woodward has to go and throw me back into the darkest depths of blogosphere conjecture, where I have been toiling away all day in an effort to answer the question I’m now getting from coworkers and friends: “What does this Woodward thing mean?” I don’t know, but a lot of people today think they do…


* Let’s start with the major dailies. If you haven’t read them by now, you’re woefully far behind, but: The NYT plays the process of elimination game trying to figure out who leaked Plame info to Woodward long before Libby even began his leaky stroll through D.C., and notes: “Mr. Cheney did not join the parade of denials.” The Washington Post says Woodward apologizes for not telling anyone he had received a leak about Plame even as he was playing down the seriousness of the leak on national TV. It also says the revelation could take some of the heat off Libby. (Bloomberg News, however, begs to differ.)

* Now, to the blogs: Raw Story fingers National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley as Woodward’s source. Talking Points Memo corrects a flawed meme. Arianna, sensing an opportunity to hang another heavy-weight journalist head over her mantle, poses 15 questions for Bob Woodward. Americablog has Joseph Wilson joining in the Woodward-rapping. And Atrios has the “Booby Files.”

* Somewhere between a blog and a daily, Jack Schafer in Slate asks “What kind of journalist…”

* And now I will throw a semi-related bone to conspiracy theorists.