Why isn't the press connecting the dots? Cathie Martin, formerly Dick Cheney's key flack, has been giving testimony that the leak to the press of Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA agent was an integral part of the administration's pushback to Joe Wilson's exposure of the Big Lie that got us into Iraq, and that Cheney and Scooter Libby were central to that process. Martin's notes and testimony contradict Libby's story that he found out about Plame via the press.
While much is being made in the media of Martin's notes of who to leak to and how to spin the story (Meet The Press was a favored venue), the fact that Martin's spouse, Kevin Martin, is Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, with direct authority over the public airwaves that the television networks and radio talkers depend upon for their business' lifeblood, is getting buried. Often this key fact is not mentioned at all, Cathie Martin often being identified as "Cheney's former public relations assistant" or by her current position, " deputy director of communications for policy and planning" at the White House, or that she was a loyal Republican recruited by Cheney factotum Mary Matalin. The New York Times story today had the FCC connection in the 19th paragraph, one from the bottom. In Dana Milbank's Washington Post column it was the 11th paragraph, but just as a mention.
Cathie Martin has been a key player in the administration's giant media fog machine, helping to feed misinformation to the public in support of crimes against the our electoral system, the Constitution, and the Geneva Convention. Her husband is chief of the "independent" regulatory agency that tells broadcasters what they must do to keep their licenses to print money.
These people are not little functionaries caught up in their bosses' schemes. They are major players in the criminal enterprise that is the Bush administration.
- Barry Orton