"I continue to believe that Jason's sources told him what he reported but that they were wrong. Was it a burn or just misinformation? I have no idea.'was someone being set up with information to see if it would end up with Jason?' - that's interesting. i'd break that into 2 questions - whether someone was set up thusly, and whether they were particularly interested in Jason.
If the information provided to Jason and Ash came from previously reliable informants who passed it along in good faith, then, as I said in my updated post on outing sources, there is probably too much legal liability and journalistic fallout for outing them.
Fitz's silence means Rove skated. Jason's article was wrong, although well-intended. I'd rather know who and why Jason's sources were lied to. Was it an organized burn? Was someone being set up with information to see if it would end up with Jason?"
"Neither I nor the staff of Truthout believe we were lied to or knowingly led astray or manipulated or duped by our sources with regard to the specific details of my story."
" All the while I was just trying to report the truth. I suppose other reporters may have been skeptical of the information. And knowing what I know now I would have been much slower in my reporting. But I still would have reported this story all the same. I knew the risk.
Even the Thomas White story I wrote for Salon years ago which is now being referenced as an example of my credibility issues was eventually proven to be correct. It took two years and if you look at the Jeff Skilling indictment you will see that every element of my report on White was included in the Skilling indictment. But no one bothered to say that my reporting was in fact correct even though it took two years for the truth to come out.
It truly surprises me, however, that people would actually believe that I invented a story like this out of whole cloth. I don't understand that kind of thinking. Believe me, I've gotten stories wrong before. Big stories. Every journalist has. I am not unique. Look at Mike Isikoff of Newsweek. Still, in my case I feel like Job from the Bible. And I am not a religious man."