The condensed Joseph Wilson.

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May 6 2004 6:33 PM

The Condensed Joseph Wilson

Slate reads The Politics of Truth so you don't have to.

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Wherein Our Hero Becomes a Pundit

Page 294: Wilson appears with Paula Zahn on CNN and warns of the dangers of regime change. After the show, he moans that he doesn't hear from Zahn's producers for "several weeks."

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Page 298: Paula Zahn calls him back.

Page 305: Wilson on Fox News host Sean Hannity: "one of the least interesting people I have ever spoken to"; "has no idea what he is talking about, at least on foreign policy"; makes "ad hominem attacks on the integrity and patriotism of those whose views he does not share." Wilson appears on the show several times.

Page 323: On a Nightline appearance: "[T]he one person whom we would have liked most to influence by our arguments—George W. Bush—was probably already asleep."

Page 357: On a Daily Show appearance: "I was more excited than I had been for any other television appearance I had yet made. This, after all, was not news; it was satire."

Wherein Our Hero Considers Romance

Page 283: Valerie Plame is smitten with Brent Scowcroft. The former national security adviser's "one extravagance is a silver Mercedes convertible. Valerie has a not-so-secret crush on him—not for his car, but for his charm."

Page 351: Wilson: "The next morning I appeared on the Today show. Katie Couric was the interviewer. Unfortunately, I was on remote location, in Washington—my one chance to sit face-to-face with 'America's sweetheart,' and all I could see was the unblinking eye of the camera in front of me."

Wherein Our Hero Attempts Historical Analogy

Page 311: Wilson compares Bush's neocon advisers to Napoleon's generals "as they sat around the table and listened to his plans on the eve of the march on Moscow."

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