Saturday, May 20, 2006

Truthout Backs Away from Rove Story

A week ago this blog and several others reported via Truthout that Karl Rove had been indicted for perjury and lying to investigators in the CIA leak case.

Now TO is backing away gingerly from their original story.

Fri May 19th, 2006 at 04:23:39 PM EDT :: Fitzgerald Investigation

On Saturday afternoon, May 13, 2006, TruthOut ran a story titled, “Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators.” The story stated in part that top Bush aide Karl Rove had earlier that day been indicted on the charges set forth in the story’s title.

The time has now come, however, to issue a partial apology to our readership for this story. While we paid very careful attention to the sourcing on this story, we erred in getting too far out in front of the news-cycle. In moving as quickly as we did, we caused more confusion than clarity. And that was a disservice to our readership and we regret it.

As such, we will be taking the wait-and-see approach for the time being. We will keep you posted.

Marc Ash, Executive Director – t r u t h o u t
mailto:director@truthout.org

Yeah, me too.

On top of the Iranian badge story, this hasn’t been a good week for breaking news here.

There’s a great song by Saffire and the Uppity Blues Women; “Fess Up When You Mess Up.” I agree. I goofed in running with TO as the only source on the story. I should have waited for independent confirmation from another source before publishing it.

I sometimes have to remind myself that the purpose of this blog — for me, at least — is not to provide breaking news but to provide commentary on it as I see it. You want breaking news, go to the Associated Press.

So, when or if Karl Rove is finally indicted, you probably won’t hear about it here first. But I will have something to say about it. That you can depend on, and I will not apologize for that, unless, of course, I get off a really bad pun. Even then…