Below is part of an article from today's New York Times. Let's count a) how many statements are merely misleading and b) how many are false. In each category, determine how many are in the administration's favor, and how many are against it.
"More than two years ago, Mr. McClellan did what press secretaries are paid to do: He vigorously defended the president's men - specifically, Mr. Libby, Mr. Rove and Elliott Abrams, a national security aide who was never implicated in the case - against speculation that they had a hand in the disclosure of the identity of a Central Intelligence Agency officer.
'They're good individuals, they're important members of our White House team, and that's why I spoke with them, so that I could come back to you and say that they were not involved,' Mr. McClellan said at his televised briefing on Oct. 7, 2003, one of several instances in which he denied that Mr. Rove and Mr. Libby were responsible for the leak.
As events have unfolded and the grand jury has heard testimony that both Mr. Libby and Mr. Rove had conversations with journalists that touched on the identity of the C.I.A. officer, Valerie Wilson, Mr. McClellan's reputation has been left dangling in the glare of the television lights.
Though Mr. Libby has not been convicted of charges that he lied in the investigation and was not accused of leaking the agent's identity, and Mr. Rove has not been charged with any wrongdoing, Mr. McClellan's broad assurance that they were 'not involved' now seems, based on what is known publicly about the case, to have been misleading if not downright false."
a) "Mr. McClellan did what press secretaries are paid to do."
He made false statements to the media, statements known to be false by members of the administration, e.g., Rove. Is this really not beyond what he is paid to do?
"Mr. Libby and Mr. Rove had conversations with journalists that touched on the identity of the C.I.A. officer."
This makes it sound like there was some conversation about a CIA officer, and perhaps they let slip that it was Wilson's wife. Nope. And they didn't "touch on the identity", they completely identified her.
"Mr. McClellan's reputation has been left dangling in the glare of the television lights."
Why the passive voice? Who has left it dangling? Perhaps McClellan?
b) "Mr. Libby ... was not accused of leaking the agent's identity"
Yes, he was, read the damn indictment. He wasn't charged with the crime of leaking, but he certainly is accused of leaking her identity. That's what he's charged with lying about, idiot.
And, the liberal New York Times' crap all benefited the administration.
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