As attention focuses on the spectacle of a high-level Bush official apparently turning state's--at a time when Bush and Cheney's public popularity might make a dead skunk on a busy roadside blush--I think it's meet to look at the Libby saga as a sad example of how easily government manipulates the press. An honest approach to Joe Wilson's scathing NYT op-ed debunking Bush's state of the union claims of Iraq's nuclear program would have been for Cheney to pen another Op-ed in response. Instead, Bush/Cheney sent their pack horse, Libby, over to their favorite reporter, Judith Miller, carrying some rather fragrant garbage--which ended up being reported as fact on page 1 of the NY Times (that liberal rag that so infuriates the likes of sixstringslinger and Fox News zealots). Indeed, Miller so regularly peppered page 1 of the Times with cherry-picked nonsense from the likes of Libby and Paul's favorite Iraqi politician, Chalabi (whom Paul has yet to compare to the heroic US founding fathers, but there's still time...), that it's hard to imagine the whole unhappy disaster of the US attack on Iraq (oops, i mean liberation) getting off the ground without the Times' relentless page-one campaign. Why does the right hate the NYT so much, again?