Friday, October 28, 2005

Plame and Scooter

I knew that if I looked long enough I could find bad Scooter puns (updated Saturday afternoon):

Scooter Crash []
Scooter Broke Down [AlwaysOn]
Scooter rides out of White House [Jossip]
'Lies' about Iraq intel put a revved-up 'Scooter' on the warpath [New York Post]

So far so good for all print sources. Holla if you find something different.

And I'm not exactly sure what Michael Kinsley's getting at here, but I'll share anyway:
You can't knock the names, though. Above all, there is the wonderfully Pynchonesque Valerie Plame. Plame: headline writers and copy editors seeking a short label for this saga were drawn like moths to this mysterious beauty, a one-syllable word of only five letters. And yet the eponymous heroine of the Plame Affair or Plame Controversy has actually been off-stage the entire time. Except for a brief appearance in Vanity Fair, posed rakishly with her husband in a sports car, it's been Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark.
Any ideas?


At 1:39 AM, October 29, 2005, Blogger Chris said...

Maybe I imagined it in a post-nap haze, but I swear I heard something on CNN akin to "With Scooter indicted, the wheels have really fallen off at the White House." Maybe that's what I wanted to hear, anyway.

As for how Kinsley's column, it's worth pointing out that a certain New York-based national newspaper has stuck with the far more proletarian "Ms. Wilson," at least in the last few weeks.

At 1:41 PM, October 29, 2005, Blogger Nicole said...

The New York Times style on Plame interests me. It's the only paper I've seen to call her Wilson instead. I assumed when I read it that it's probably more accurate, that she goes by Wilson now.

But if that's the case, why did everyone else stick with Plame?

At 4:56 PM, October 29, 2005, Blogger Chris said...

From a little Nexis research:

USA Today was apparently the first newspaper to refer to her as "Valerie Wilson," on Oct. 1, 2003. It appears to have been inconsistent since then, alternating between "Valerie Plame" and "Valerie Plame Wilson."

On July 7 of this year, after Judith Miller was put in the slammer, The New York Times tried to set the record straight:

"In recent days, a lawyer for Mr. Rove has said that Mr. Cooper and Mr. Rove had a conversation not long before the name of the operative first became public. News articles referred to the operative by her maiden name, Valerie Plame, although she now goes by her married name, Valerie Wilson."

At 8:30 PM, October 29, 2005, Blogger Nuclear Redaction said...

Your reference to "bad Scooter puns" immediately got me to thinking of the lyrics to Bruce Springsteen's "10th Avenue Freeze-Out," and wondering whether "bad Scooter searching for his groove" would show up in connection with this case. Let us pray it doesn't.

At 5:13 AM, January 20, 2010, Anonymous Direct Bikes Review said...

Some of these are good, "the wheels have fallen of the whitehouse" Funny


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