Monday, June 19, 2006

t r u t h o u t || Returning to "06 cr 128" and Tying it to Benkler's Wealth of Networks

t r u t h o u t Returning to "06 cr 128"

If you have been following the Truthout/Leopold/ Rove/Fitzegerald story unfold in these posts:

5/13/2006: t r u t h o u t Karl Rove Indicted (?)

5/17/2006 (and later): t r u t h o u t Update on the Rove Indictment Story and

6/15/2006: t r u t h o u t Standing Down on the Rove Matter

(or following the whole matter on

while also reading posts (on the Geebus) about Benkler's Wealth of Networks, but especially the one about Diebold Election Systems and the one about Sinclair Broadcasting, then you'll understand how this Truthout matter has the potential to be another example of how the Blogosphere found a story ignored by the mainstream media and kept it alive long enough for it to matter.

On Sunday (6/18/06), six weeks after Jason Leopold alleged that Rove had been indicted, The Washington Post ran a meta-story titled: My Unwitting Role in the Rove 'Scoop.' This was an attack piece on Jason Leopold, but nevertheless, it might have been enough of a spark to get the original Leopold allegations and the intrigue of this story out into the mainstream media. Monday (6/19/06), CBS ran a story called Leopold and Lauria (or via Truthout) carrying on the meta-story. Benkler is probably taking notes.

In the interevening six weeks from Leopold's story on 5/13/2006, there has been much speculation in the blogosphere. I have read concerns that 'sealed vs sealed' had been quashed by the DOJ. I have read speculation of a runaway grand jury (delivering an indictment that Fitzgerald wouldn't or couldn't deliver). More hopefully (for the rule of law) we have Truthout's latest speculation that Fitzgerald is quietly targeting a bigger fish (Cheney) and that we may someday learn about all of this.

Time will tell how this all plays out, but the blogosphere seems once again to be bringing us information we otherwise couldn't have. Increasingly, it seems, the story is beginning to get heard while increasingly, the blogosphere also seems to be part of the story.

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