What Does it meant to have INTENT? (My questions about the Karl Rove thing)

I’ve got a question about the whole Karl Rove thing that I don’t hear anybody asking. It has to do with answering the charge that Rove was simply trying to “correct” the Time Magazine reporter, and steer him away from INCORRECT information.

For those of you under a rock this week, Rove has been fingered as a source for the Valerie Plame leak. But it’s already clear what his defense will be:

1) I never used her name, and
2) I was actually trying to steer the reporter AWAY from the story.

OK, there’s just one HUGE thing wrong with this alibi to me. And to answer that, you have to ask yourself the question “Who IS Karl Rove?”

Answer: Karl Rove is a political operative. Karl Rove is a master manipulator of the media and the public. Karl Rove is KNOWN to spread lies and half-truths to the media and the public to help his political allies. (Remember this: “would it change your opinion about John McCain to know that he’s the father of a black baby?”) Karl Rove is the MASTER of this…

As such, it’s is entirely plausible that he DID intend to “out” Valerie Plame, and knew two things:
1) he wouldn’t have to actually use her name, and
2) if he told a reporter “Oh, don’t look here…there’s no story here!!!” that would actually drive the reporter TOWARD the story. (Like telling a child, “Whatever you do, don’t touch that cookie jar!”)

So, several things follow from this for me:
1) Knowing that Karl Rove knows how to work the media in this way
2) Knowing that that Bush Administration WAS involved in a campaign to smear Joseph Wilson at that very moment

…can’t it be argued that, even Karl Rove’s supposed cover story points to how he actually INTENDED to blow a CIA agent’s cover.

I have heard very few folks talking about this angle, and it seems to me an important one. Rove’s own words would not be enough to implicate him if he was an average guy like me. But he’s not. The thing you know about him is that he often INTENDS to manipulate the media and the story that’s being told by the media.

It’s quite plausible that his own words DO show his own personal intent to do so, given who we know him to be.

I just found this Mark Shield’s column that is the first anywhere (that I have read…) that tries to make the same connection that I tried to make in this blog…basically, that it defies credulity to image that Karl Rove was seriously talking to reporters in an attempt to steer them away from “bad” information. I say that it defies, credulity. Shield’s puts it more directly and asks “How Dumb Do They Think We Are?


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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