Saturday, January 07, 2006

one of three

On Chris Matthews' "Hardball" (a misnomer if there ever was one) Newsweek magazine's Michael Isikoff seemed to state that when Jay Rockefeller composed his handwritten note to Dick Cheney explaining his unease about the secret NSA eavesdropping program, that after he wrote the letter he simply stored it for a couple of years and didn't send a copy of it to Cheney.

My recollection is that the text of the note explained that one copy was sent to Cheney and that the recently publicized copy was stored for safekeeping as proof that Rockefeller had expressed his discomfort with the program back when he was notified of its existence. Surely a high-profile journalist like Isikoff would be able to discern that, and would find it without credibility that the note would have only been written and never sent.

One of three things is going on here. Either Michael Isikoff is an idiot or a liar or Jay Rockefeller is, or else I am simply an idiot. Judging by his track record, I'm going to have to go with the first option.


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