McCarthyite Red Herring
Mary McCarthy, CIA higher up is fired after admitting leaking classified information to a WP reporter. The leaking of that information is characterized as highly damaging by the CIA director before a congressional committee. Prosecution does not appear immediately in the cards but the investigation continues. Ms. McCarthy turns out to be a 7K$ Kerry supporter and a high-powered intelligence muckety muck in the Clinton administration. What is the response of the Democrats and the media antiquitus, Scooter Libby, Scooter Libby, Scooter Libby. This is known in argumentation circles as the fallacy of the red herring. When you don’t have a defensible position and the hounds are hot on the trail drag a fish a crossed the trail and hope the hounds follow the red herring instead of you (in this case the Washington post, Ms. McCarthy , and the democrats) The fact that these folks are more interested in throwing the American people off the track rather than see a person who has violated the law and damaged our national security brought to justice speaks volumes about each players priorities.