CBS’ ‘Rude Little Liberal’
On Monday morning, Karl Rove stood next to President George W. Bush on the
South Lawn of the White House and announced that he would be resigning from the administration at the end of the month. In front of the assembled D.C. press
corp, he read a statement, and the President spoke. There was no formal
opportunity for questions.
Towards the end of the appearance, as the President and his favorite pol
were about to head in the direction of an awaiting helicopter, Bill Plante, CBS
White House correspondent, broke the embargo.
“If he’s so smart,” said Mr. Plante, “how come you lost Congress?”
The president ignored Mr. Plante. But the bloggers did not.
By early afternoon, Mediabistro’s FishbowlDC had reported on Mr. Plante’s
question, which quickly ricocheted around the Web.
Conservative bloggers were not amused.
“Besides being a rude little liberal, Plante also manages to show just how
unqualified he is to be reporting on politics,” wrote Invincible Armor. “No
doubt that’s why CBS hired him.”
A blogger at Planetsave.com, on the other hand, gave Mr. Plante the “balls
of the day award.”
Reached by phone at his home in Washington D.C. on Monday night, Mr. Plante
said he wasn’t surprised by the attention. What people should understand, he
said, was that the question was of less importance than the principle.
“Here’s the point,” said Mr. Plante. “It’s important that we ask questions
even if some people don’t believe that they’re appropriate. They don’t have to
answer them. But we have to ask them. Did I have to ask that question? That’s a
point of legitimate argument.”
Read the rest. If it was video you would be able to watch Plante dance while he offered lame excuses and held his balls of the day.