The Press, Karl Rove and a Stolen Election

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While the Washington Grand Jury is still out on whether Karl Rove committed perjury, obstructed justice or exposed CIA agent Valerie Plame, Washington reporters are taking heat for protecting confidential White House sources when the real story should be the identity of a leaker. The media also are being questioned for playing down a Democratic report that Republican dirty tricks helped President Bush win Ohio last year. Are reporters trading their independence for high-level access? Is Rove the master of media manipulation or has he stumbled into uncharacteristic blunders? We hear from journalists who have written extensively on George Bush and Karl Rove, including one who accuses the press of being part of the Plame cover-up.
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