Here’s one from the memory hole. Former Dick Cheney Chief of Staff Scooter Libby, a man famous for the crime he didn’t commit, is getting a presidential pardon. NBC and ABC are both confirming Trump’s intention to pardon Libby, who was convicted in 2007 of lying to the FBI and obstructing justice. Do NOT, however, expect either news source to mention that he was cleared of the only charge the MSM cares about, the one that ruined his life: outing Valerie Plame as an employee of the CIA. Because, narrative.
Like Bill Clinton, Scooter Libby was never charged on the allegations for which he was originally being investigated. Libby’s crime was the cover-up of a non-crime. President George W. Bush commuted his 30-month sentence, guarding Libby from prison time, but stopped short of a full pardon, presumably because of the optics, and, again, Libby was indeed found guilty of dishonestly dealing with FBI investigators.
But nobody cares about that. He will forever be known as the man who exposed Valerie Plame in an act of political retribution for Cheney’s neocon cabal after Plame’s husband Joe Wilson undermined the case for the Iraq War in a NYT op-ed.
Except he didn’t. Who did, then? That would be Richard Armitage, the very much non-neocon Deputy Secretary of State under Colin Powell, who was famously at odds with Cheney over the argument for war—a “dove”. Armitage himself has publicly admitted as much. And yet…I reckon 75% of regular news-consumers have never heard the truth about this.
Watch the coverage for this one. Be attentive to the wording of reports. You’ll see lots of mentioning of Plame, Bush, Cheney, and yellow-cake uranium. I predict you’ll search in vain for the name “Armitage”, or even for a clear disclaimer noting the accusations against Libby as the alleged “leaker” are false.
Lesson: If you’re going to vindictively out someone’s name and ruin their life, get the name right. Ahem.