Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Transparency in government


Karl Rove Thumbs His Nose
Originally uploaded by matt.mccrady.
After reading this news analysis in Forbes, I'm struck how much "dirty politics" and lies is a part of our American polictical landscape:
The decision not to charge Karl Rove shows there often are no consequences for misleading the public.

In 2003, while Rove allowed the White House to tell the news media that he had no role in leaking Valerie Plame's CIA identity, the presidential aide was secretly telling the FBI the truth.

It's now known that Rove had discussed Plame's CIA employment with conservative columnist Robert Novak, who exposed her identity less than a week later, citing two unidentified senior administration officials.

Rove's truth-telling to the FBI saved him from indictment.

And by misleading reporters, the White House saved itself from a political liability during the 2004 presidential campaign.
All's fair in politics, then, including lying?

Let's see some transparency, folks. Let's see some transparency.

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