I remember Bob Newhart’s album The Button-Down Mind from 1960 like I remember a lot of comedy record albums of my childhood. I would get an “A+” if tested on any of them. I was watching American Masters on PBS with my wife, about the life and comedy of Bob Newhart, when we took a break at 10:25 PM (PT) and I checked the latest from the world wide web news:
Iraqis not Ready to Fight Rebels on Own, US Says—NY Times
Iraqis Vow to Meet Constitution deadline—Orange County Register
Briton Tied to London Attacks Held in Pakistan Los Angeles Times
Senate moderates cast doubt on court showdown-CNN
Clearly a secret
Washington Post: Key memo in CIA leak probe spelled out Plame’s status, sources say.--MSNBC
Wait a minute—you mean only MSNBC has not forgotten about Karl Rove after the one-day reprieve from headlines because of Bush’s well-timed (for him) announcement of a new Supreme Court Justice? I better check Drudge because that’s where the scoop on this “key memo” will be spelled out for sure!
HEAT IS ON!
Nope—Heat wave gets headlines. Nothing on the new Rove memo at Drudge.
One more chance—Huffington Post:
"(S)" Is For Secret: Memo Identifying Plame Clearly Marked
...I knew Arianna wouldn’t let me down!
For a moment, I thought I was going to have to go thirsty into the night—but no, I am saved, as the Rove/leaking-Bush nightmare is renewed, hopefully with a new energy and light.
A classified State Department memorandum central to a federal leak investigation contained information about CIA officer Valerie Plame in a paragraph marked "(S)" for secret, a clear indication that any Bush administration official who read it should have been aware the information was classified, according to current and former government officials.—Huffington Post July 20, 2005
I am gratified to go back and watch the end of the Newhart special without worrying that all the distracting extraneous news of Iraq, London Bombings, and Supreme Court nominee will somehow drown out the story that could bring down the Bush regime at last—if only the media will stay focused.
The consequences of not paying attention are as drastic for this republic as if Woodward and Bernstein decided not to follow up on the story of a third-rate burglary!