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  •  This story's road kill (none)
    by the end of the week.

    That's my prediction.  The corporate media just doesn't care.  This is an icky icky issue all thorny with dangers of appearing "biased" and "unbalanced", so the media would rather put it down and lead with something more appealing, such as "there's terraraists in Eye-Rack and they're comin' to get us!"

    "She'll come back as fire, to burn all the liars, and leave a blanket of ash on the ground" --Kurt Cobain, Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle&l

    by Subterranean on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 04:14:44 PM PST

    •  I have the same fear... (none)
      but I don't think it will happen.  Remember, these stories all started to surface during the summer of 2002 and Bush's numbers went into the toilet again.  The only way they were able to silence the stories and resucitate his presidency was by beginning the drumbeat on Iraq.

      They clearly cannot wage a similar campaign today.  Only a major, major event is going to get this story to be silenced, especially as long as Republicans are among the more prominent folks saying Condi should testify.

      But, the only way this stays going is Democrats don't sit back and say "all right, the press is doing it's job!  We can go back to sleep."  Blogs have to keep this story going.

      Don't forget, the next shoe will be the Wilson book, which will force the media to start talking about yellow cake gate, Iraq and the sliming of a national security asset.

    •  For a Story That's Dying (none)
      It seems to be all anybody is talking about. According to Google News right at this moment there are over four times as many recent Clarke stories (1569) as the next-most cited stories (election stuff, at 386, and abortion law challenges at 365).

      The Ghost of Howard Beale -- Mad As Hell and Yadda Yadda Yadda

      by Anton Sirius on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 04:38:57 PM PST

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      •  Reuters: Clarke story will stick around (none)
        Looks like the Republican smear machine may be malfunctioning:

        Clarke Charges on Bush Seem to Have Sticking Power

        "The administration's attempts to discredit Clarke have backfired. They have merely given the story legs and hurt the administration. The issue of whether Rice should testify should keep the story alive for several more news cycles," said University of Chicago political scientist Robert Pape.

        "The Bush administration and its allies have certainly not helped the story go away," said Howard Opinsky, a Republican operative who ran media relations for Arizona Sen. John McCain during his 2000 presidential bid.

        "Instead, they adopted the risky strategy of trying to refute his charges, which makes it appear that they have something to hide," he said.

    •  Even if (none)
      it dies in the short term, it will come back into prominence when the 9/11 commission reveals its findings, just in time for the election.

      Plame-gate might also flare up at an inconvenient time.

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