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Wednesday, October 01, 2003
 
1:10 PM

Guess the Post merely forgot to tell us... Remarkable line from reporter Richard Leiby in his Style section profile of retired ambassador Joseph Wilson:
Wilson makes no secret of being a left-leaning Democrat...

First time I've seen Wilson described that way in the Post, or most other media. Most stories mention his service under the first President Bush (often), his work in the Clinton administration (much less often), and confine his criticism of Bush II to issues concerning the Iraq war. You have to read Washington Times columnist Helle Dale for subtle insights like the following:

"Neo-conservatives and religious conservatives have hijacked this administration, and I consider myself on a personal mission to destroy both." Those are the words of Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who will certainly be a household name for weeks to come.



Actually, it's entirely possible that Wilson made no secret of his leftward leanings, with the Post and others doing it for him. This is standard operating procedure in elite media, where liberal beliefs are understood as the normal state of the universe.

And it's Robert Novak who describes Wilson as a "high-ranking official in President Bill Clinton's National Security Council," not the Post.



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