While the PostWatch feasts, let's talk about yesterday's train wreck in the WaPo - how often do you see a front page story get widely quoted only to find out that the *lead* paragraph is utterly confused? Breakin' it, then unmakin' it, but never fakin' it... (oh wait!)
Let me just replay yesterday's glorious moment in the WaPo's history:
Official's Key Report On Iraq Is Faulted
'Dubious' Intelligence Fueled Push for War
Friday, February 9, 2007; Page A01
Intelligence provided by former undersecretary of defense Douglas J. Feith to buttress the White House case for invading Iraq included "reporting of dubious quality or reliability" that supported the political views of senior administration officials rather than the conclusions of the intelligence community, according to a report by the Pentagon's inspector general.
And here is part of the correction:
A Feb. 9 front-page article about a Pentagon inspector general's report regarding the office of former undersecretary of defense Douglas J. Feith incorrectly attributed quotations to that report. References to Feith's office producing "reporting of dubious quality or reliability" and that the office "was predisposed to finding a significant relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda" were from a report issued by Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) in October 2004. Similarly, the quotes stating that Feith's office drew on "both reliable and unreliable reporting" to produce a link between al-Qaeda and Iraq "that was much stronger than that assessed by the IC [intelligence community] and more in accord with the policy views of senior officials in the Administration" were also from Levin's report.
Pentagon Inspector General, a Senate Democrat - who can tell 'em apart?
And since you ask, the phrase "reporting of dubious quality or reliability" does produce a Google hit - here is Bryan Bender of the Boston Globe covering Levin's report back in 2004 and, almost miraculously, attributing his interpretations correctly.
I'm sure it gets confusing at the WaPo, what with government reports sitting on the old desk right next to the blast faxes from Howard Dean. But do make an effort, gents...
PILING ON: Yes, Walter Pincus is one of the WaPo's deans of intel, and has a role in the Libby trial - he received a Plame leak from a White House official on July 12, but that was not from Libby or Rove (and, if we have followed the trial correctly, not from Ari Fleischer, either - Ari had been my pick, for whatever that was worth).