But it turns out JOE WILSON LIED! PEOPLE DIED. Of embarrassment mostly. At least I'm assuming that's why the New York Times, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, PBS drone Bill Moyers and all the other media bigwigs Joseph C. Wilson IV suckered have fallen silent on the subject of the white knight of integrity they've previously given the hold-the-front-page treatment, too.
And what about John F. Kerry? Joe Wilson campaigned with Kerry in at least six states, and claims to have helped with the candidate's speeches. He was said to be a senior foreign policy adviser to the senator. As of Friday, Wilson's Web site, restorehonesty.com, was still wholly paid for by Kerry's presidential campaign.
...Some of us are on record as dismissing Wilson in the first bloom of his unmerited celebrity. But John Kerry was taken in -- to the point where he signed him up as an adviser and underwrote his Web site. What does that reveal about Mister Nuance and his superb judgment?
It reveals, again, his only relevant attribute - his name is NOT George Bush. This is the ultimate negative campaign.
We note that Mark Steyn does a much better job of linking Kerry to Wilson then Ed Gillespie does.
MORE: A Wilson defense from columnist Tim Rutten of the LA Times, which continues the pattern established by Josh Marhsall and picked up by Wesley Clark's former press spokesperson at Salon - begin with name-calling and derogation of the other side:
It takes a strong stomach to plunge into the sea of malice, mendacity and misrepresentation that now churns around the affair of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV and his wife, Valerie Plame.
But while a quick immersion in the muck may not completely clarify some of this case's hazier facts, it is disturbingly instructive about some of the tendencies playing themselves out in the American media over this contentious election year.
We know what you are, Tim, but what are we?
Roger Simon is the unifying link, and thanks.