More nonsense from Gibson’s show

Fox News commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano (again, my transcript):

…then I would ask, was her name already out there? Our friend and colleague at the New York Post, owned by the same parent company as Fox News, the wonderful John Podheretz reports this morning that her name was out there — where? — on her husband’s own website! He revealed to the world, before the Novak article, that his wife worked for the CIA. So my second question is, did Karl Rove tell these people something they didn’t already know?

The problem is that this is just a flat out lie.

Here’s what the Pod actually wrote this morning (registration required):

But Plame’s undercover status at the time was and is a little questionable in any case. How undercover could she have been when her name was published at the time as part of Joseph Wilson’s own biography online (see

(Incidentally, here’s the entirety of what Wilson’s bio, at the URL provided by Podheretz, says about his wife: “He is married to the former Valerie Plame and has two sons and two daughters.”)

The careful reader will note that that Podheretz does not accuse Wilson of outing his own wife as a CIA agent — only of acknowledging her existence. And I don’t actually believe that these people are so fucking stupid that they are unable to comprehend the distinction. This is a deliberate effort to distort the facts, a pathetic attempt to cover Karl’s Rove’s fat ass.

But you can take it to the bank: in Wingnutland, it will be — if it is not already — taken as gospel truth that Joe Wilson had a website up trumpeting his wife’s affiliation with the CIA.