October 09, 2003

The Decline of the Weekly Standard

The Weekly Standard plumbs the depths of journalistic dishonesty where one usually only finds National Review or the Wall Street Journal editorial page:

Quick-Draw Dems: ...Novak cited "two administration officials" in his column. They may work in the White House, but they also may work in other places. There are tens of thousands of "senior administration officials."...

No. There are about 40 assistants to the president and cabinet-rank officials. They are always "senior administration officials." They have about 40 deputies--who are usually referred to as "senior administration officials." There are about 120 undersecretaries, who are often referred to as "senior administration officials." That's it: 200, not tens of thousands.

And Novak's source is not a Labor Department, a Treasury Department, an Interior Department, or a Health and Human Services Department undersecretary. The real pool is quite small.

Posted by DeLong at October 9, 2003 01:03 PM | TrackBack


It really is amazing how naked they can get and still the media is treating them as if they had clothes on.

Posted by: Alan on October 9, 2003 01:28 PM

Imagine exposing a CIA agent and harming America's security because the agent's husband has been asked by the CIA to find and has told the truth about possible Iraqi attempts to buy uranium in Niger.

The "senior Administration officials" who exposed Valeria Plame truly despise America. To try to sweep the story away as of no account, is also to despise America.

Posted by: lise on October 9, 2003 01:29 PM

Imagine if the Clinton Administration did the same thing during the run up to impeachment. But then it would not have mattered if it was 10,000 people, Ken Starr would have deposed them all. It is time for the Democrats to start employing the same tactics as the Republicans. Civil suit naming Bush, Rove, Libby, Rice, Rumsfeld, at a minimum, should commence.

Posted by: Cal on October 9, 2003 01:42 PM


American soldiers 185
British soldiers 18
Coalition soldiers 3
206 Since May 2

American 324
British 51
Coalition 3
378 Since March 20


American soldiers ~1770

Note: American forces have fallen to 130,000
British forces have risen to 11,000

Posted by: lise on October 9, 2003 01:45 PM

So another rightwing rag shows its true colors. Integrity? Nah. Concern over national security? Hah! Protecting the hide of the GOP? You betcha!!!

Posted by: Hal McClure on October 9, 2003 02:16 PM

So another rightwing rag shows its true colors. Integrity? Nah. Concern over national security? Hah! Protecting the hide of the GOP? You betcha!!!

Posted by: Hal McClure on October 9, 2003 02:19 PM

Are they arrogant, or frightened?

Posted by: Dave L on October 9, 2003 02:27 PM

Hello all...

Brad, of those 200, or so, could you give us a guestimate as to how many you think might be privy to the classified information that was dished out? It would seem to me that deputies and undersecretaries would not have a need for, nor would posess, that type of clearance.

Is it remotely possible that all of them would have the clearance needed to obtain the Plame information, or would it be a small percentage of the 200?

Thanks, Juan

Posted by: Juan on October 9, 2003 02:41 PM

Its becoming apparent by their actions that they have a lot to hide. If nobody "senior" was involved, the smart move would be to fire them now. My best guess is, the parties involved are at the least, Scooter Libby, Elliot Abrams, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney... Bush Guliani in 2004?

Posted by: John McKinzey on October 9, 2003 02:53 PM

When this first broke, one of the blogs used the language in several of the articles (Novak's, the ones reporting the 'new' scandal 2 months after the fact, etc.), took everything as true, and came up with about 14 names. I think it was Atrios's blog.

Ah, here it is:

Actually looks like a link to someone else's writing, but here's the list:
1) Dick Cheney ? Vice President
2) Karl Rove Senior -- Advisor to the President
3) Condi Rice -- Assistant to the President for National Security
4) Andy Card ? White House Chief of Staff
5) Ari Fleisher -- Press Secretary
6) Dan Bartlett ? Assistant to the President for Communication
7) John Gordon -- Assistant to the President and Homeland Security Advisor
8) Scooter Libby ? Vice President?s Chief of Staff

Posted by: Stoffel on October 9, 2003 02:57 PM

A small percentage...

Posted by: Brad DeLong on October 9, 2003 03:03 PM
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