February 20, 2006

WaPo Civil War, Cheney Updates

Dana Milbank steps out from behind the bushes and gets sprayed by WaPo's pathetic ombudsperson, Deborah Howell:
"Is Milbank an opinion columnist or a reporter?"
Gosh, that's such an important question, isn't it? I mean how can anyone who looks like this be taken seriously:

Umm... Deborah? here's your Vice President:

Newsweek has this Cheney hunting photo on their cover this week. Laura Rozen notes that the cover story includes claims that Cheney ordered a plane shot down on 9/11 without consulting Bush, then pretended he had done so:
Around 9:35 on the morning of 9/11, Cheney was lifted off his feet by the Secret Service and hustled into the White House bunker. Cheney testified to the 9/11 Commission that he spoke with President Bush before giving an order to shoot down a hijacked civilian airliner that appeared headed toward Washington. (The plane was United Flight 93, which crashed in a Pennsylvania field after a brave revolt by the passengers.) But a source close to the commission, who declined to be identified revealing sensitive information, says that none of the staffers who worked on this aspect of the investigation believed Cheney's version of events.

A draft of the report conveyed their skepticism. But when top White House officials, including chief of staff Andy Card and the then White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, reviewed the draft, they became extremely agitated. After a prolonged battle, the report was toned down. The factual narrative, closely read, offers no evidence that Cheney sought initial authorization from the president. The point is not a small one.
UPDATE: Firedoglake has more on Ms Howell's hypocrisy.

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