Saturday, March 17, 2007


NPR covered Valerie Plame Wilson's appearance on Capitol Hill yesterday on All Things Considered. C-Span also had full video coverage of her appearance and testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. I watched most of the video, and came away thinking it would have been better for Ms. Plame not to testify. Her answers were meandering and at times seemed self-serving. Valerie even made the questions of Republicans on the Committee seem mature and well-thought-out. At least that was my impression. Then I came across a sketch by Dana Milbank in today's Washington Post. Oh this is good. You must check it out.

1 comment:

  1. Roberto:

    I couldn't agree more. Plame's testimony, if Dana Milbank's characterization is any guide, was marked by Hollywood-style partisan theatrics that, in my view, served only to intensify the politicization of an issue that has cast a disturbing shadow over the country's intelligence-gathering apparatus.

    What's more alarming is the way the hearing was covered by the mainstream press. As Editor & Publisher's Greg Mitchell observes, most scribes reporting on Plame's long-awaited appearance at the congressional inquest seemed inordinately obsessed with her fashion sense and dynamic oomph – not so much with what she had to say.

    The whole affair, regrettably, was more spectacle than substance.