WEDNESDAY’S LETTERS: Libby as Cheney’s Fall Guy, Kudos for Maucker, Outing Too ‘Giddy’ About Digital Future?

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s letters, a reader responds to E&P’s coverage of the “Scooter” Libby CIA leak trial, a question about Steve outing’s column, and a Floridian congratulates South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editor Earl Maucker on his being named E&P’s editor of the Year.

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Libby Taking Cheney’s Fall?

Where is [Lewis] Libby’s head? Doesn’t he realize yet that he is the one [Vice President Dick] Cheney “picked” to take the fall for the outing of [CIA agent Valerie] Plame? That that behind-the-back-dealing bunch decided he was the most dispensable of their cabal? Of course Cheney set him up, laid out every step of the way as to how best to spread the word around in the most likely places for a lot of loud coverage about [Joseph] Wilson’s wife’s job. What a gigantic mistake that turned out to be. But, f course, not one of them suspected that tenacious prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald would DIG in and refuse to let GO. They all are learning the hard way that the ball is not in their ball-park now. …

So, onward, Fitzgerald ! You came well- prepared. A thank you from all of this nation. May God Bless you and yours. I am a senior citizen who loves her country … and who demands that it be returned to the people.

Veda Burt Flick

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I was going to write a congratulatory note to Earl Maucker on his being selected Editor of the Year by E&P but I thought It would have more meaning for him if he read it in your publication instead.

I’ve got to be honest and tell you I have not always agreed with some policies he instituted at the Sun-Sentinel nor the political slant in the selection of letters or columnists he chooses to publish, but you’ve got to hand it to the guy. Readership is up and he did it by producing a good paper.

So Earl, (I say a little begrudgingly) kudos and more success to you.

John Perry
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Outing too ‘Giddy?’

It may well be that everything related to news is going online and into video, as [Steve] Outing’s column suggests, but it the giddy tone of the article is dismaying in that it fails to acknowledge what will be lost in the process. Does anyone think television news is any good? And will bloggers clutching their lattes at Starbucks be investigating congressional scandals or school district finances? The various in-the-know sources he quotes seem to toss the term “news” around like it’s nothing but gossip, rants and TV listings. It may be that print journalism is headed for extinction, doomed by market forces and technology, but it’s hard for me to pretend, along with Mr. Outing, that such developments do not also point toward a future news culture that is more shallow and ephemeral than the one we have now. Yippee indeed.

Sean Mitchell
South Pasadena, Calif.

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