This week on CounterSpin: media are pondering the fate of Scooter Libby—one of the highest White House officials ever convicted of a felony—recently sentenced to 30 months in jail. But our guest says Libby’s sentence, while significant, is really the least important part of the story of the investigation into the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity and the whole White House abuse of power that lay behind it. Elizabeth de la Vega is an author and a former federal prosecutor. She’ll help us put the Libby trial in context.
Also this week: are the media out to get John Edwards? That’s the question FAIR founder Jeff Cohen is asking, after watching endless media chatter about the size of his house, his lecture fees and how much the Democratic presidential candidate pays for a haircut. Are the media just having some fun with Edwards’ supposed hypocrisy, or is there something deeper going on? Jeff Cohen will join us to talk about that.
— Sentencing for Dummies: The Fate of I. Lewis Libby, by Elizabeth de la Vega (TomDispatch, 6/3/07)
— Are Media Out to Get John Edwards?, by Jeff Cohen (AlterNet, 6/1/07)