Stein On Wilson/Plame By Lorie Byrd

by John Hawkins | November 9, 2005 9:09 am

While channel surfing I caught the end of an interview with Ben Stein on Tucker Carlson’s MSNBC show. Stein caught me a little off guard by calling Special Prosector Patrick Fitzgerald a “thug.” Stein, understandably enough, is not a fan of politics entering the criminal courtroom. Even taking into account his history as a Nixon speechwriter though, I was taken aback by his passion on the subject.

I can’t say that I agree that Fitzgerald is a thug. So far, I have seen no evidence of that, but I do agree that the Wilson/Plame investigation is all about politics. No one can say with a straight face that the Novak mention of Plame endangered national security. I think it is a huge stretch to even argue that it endangered Plame’s security. If it did, why did the husband of Ms. Super Double Secret Undercover Covert Operative Agent Spy do everything he could to call attention to it rather than to make a quiet complaint and take steps to retain some of his wife’s relative public anonymity? Instead, anytime the story disappears from the media for more than ten minutes he does whatever is necessary to draw the attention of the television cameras.

I can’t help but imagine what the media would have done to Joe Wilson had he been speaking out against the Clinton administration and someone like James Carville or Paul Begala had suggested to a reporter that he got his assignment because of his wife’s recommendation. Since the media didn’t seem to have a problem with Clinton’s people sending private eyes after women to scare them into silence, not to mention what they did to Ken Starr, I don’t think mentioning that Wilson’s wife was a desk jockey at Langley would exactly raise their ire. That only happens when the President has an “R” after his name. Just consider all the possible SNL and Daily Show sketches that could be written about the pompous, camera-addicted Wilson posing for Vanity Fair while bemoaning his loss of privacy.

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