Thursday, July 07, 2005

Shhh, Don't Wake the Press
Eric Boehlert
Shhh, Don't Wake the Press

It's been six days since Lawrence O'Donnell went on national TV and reported internal Time magazine emails handed over to the independent prosecutor would show Karl Rove was the source Time reporter Matt Cooper had been protecting. It's been three days since Newsweek confirmed, "The e-mails surrendered by Time Inc., which are largely between Cooper and his editors, show that one of Cooper's sources was White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove."

The Newsweek article also included confirmation from Rove's attorney that yes, the president's chief political architect did speak to Cooper about his Valerie Plame story, as well as a carefully worded denial that Rove "never knowingly disclosed classified information."

Does any of this sound like news?

Apparently not for reporters covering the White House.

Yes, they're traveling with Bush who's attending the G8 Summit in Scotland. And yes, because of the long holiday weekend they've only had two briefings this week with White House spokesman Scott McClellan.

But during those briefings here's how many questions reporters asked McClellan: 52
And here's how many were about Rove and the Plame investigation: 0.

Let's see if at Thursday's briefing any White House repoters show interest in the unfolding story.