City of Roses
You know what I really don't understand here, though? How now so many have suddenly come out praising Isikoff, and then believe all the blame should be laid on Newsweek's editors and management, but Isikoff himself happens to be the primary reporter of this very story.
Here's what Brit Hume said Monday on Special report:
"This is Michael Isikoff, the veteran investigative journalist, a guy we all know, who has been on this program, somebody who has compiled a pretty good record over the years."
The same day, here's what GOP consultant Ed Rogers said on CNN's "Crossfire":
"Hey, I don't know what can be done, but a lot of damage has been inflicted, and so there's going to be a lot of hue and cry here in Washington. There's going to be calls for investigations. There's going to be calls for reform. But who knows what's going to happen? I mean, the next shoe to drop, but it never will, because they won't reveal their source, but was this just an opponent of the administration trying to make life difficult that made up this story and that gave it to Newsweek? Now, the reporter that wrote this is actually a big-time pro, who I don't think could be deceived. But nonetheless, it has real consequences, and it's done real harm, so there ought to be a real inquiry into this."
Meanwhile, other voices have totally let Isikoff go while bashing others at Newsweek, like Sean Hannity on Monday:
"By the way, I don't think it's Isikoff. I think it's the people above him, just for the record, Bill. They make the decision, not Isikoff. He doesn't decide what gets in that magazine."
It's not just self-described conservatives that have been saying things like this either. Chris Matthews also praised Isikoff:
"Well, Newsweek is going to have to catch up to the Post. Anyway, thank you very much. Isikoff, by the way, is one hell of a reporter. I hate to see this happen to him. What a great reporter he is. He's been on the tail of a lot of people in this town."
What the heck is going on here? This isn't just coming from self-described conservatives who may have this attitude right now towards Isikoff because of his major role in Bill Clinton's sex scandal investigation, but this seems to be the general attitude across the whole television news landscape.
Why is he getting a free pass if he's been apparently heavily linked to the story?
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