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November 21, 2005

WOODWARD SPEAKS....A day after the Washington Post's ombudsman, Deborah Howell, smacked Bob Woodward around in a very public way, Woodward hopes to redeem himself, starting tonight with an interview with CNN's Larry King. (9pm eastern, check local listings)

By way of Think Progress, CNN has offered a sneak preview of what we can expect from the interview, including this comment from Woodward:

"The day of the indictment, I read the charges against Libby, and looked at the press conference by the special counsel and he said the first disclosure on all of this was on June 23rd, 2003 by Scooter Libby, the vice president's chief of staff to New York Times reporter Judy Miller. I went whoa whoa, because I knew I learned about this in mid-June, a week, ten days before. Then I say something's up. There's a piece that the special counsel does not have in all of this. Then I went into incredibly aggressive reporting mode..."

We'll see the full context of the quote in about an hour, but it's hard to disagree with Faiz's version of events:

Let's recap. First, Woodward told a fellow colleague about his information on Plame but instructed him not to share; then, he failed to disclose this information to his editors at the Post in order to -- in his words -- avoid a subpoena; then, he criticized Fitzgerald's investigation; and finally, after failing to disclose his knowledge and realizing Fitzgerald was not aware of it, he sniffed a great story and went into "aggressive reporting mode."

Sounds about right, doesn't it? Hopefully, for the sake of Woodward's credibility, the rest of his Larry King interview is more forthcoming.

It's a taped discussion, but if you had the chance to call in with a question, what would you ask?

Steve Benen 9:01 PM Permalink | Trackbacks

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