Hotline Sums Up Libby Trial

From yesterday’s Hotline:

    The lessons we’re taking from the Scooter trial are not entirely related to the charges against him. Which, of course, are not entirely related to blowing Plame’s cover.
    — Libby is charged w/5 counts of P&O, not the bigger crime of publicly IDing Plame. Which should lessen reporters’ interest. Not so. Why? Because few things are bigger news to reporters than news about reporters.
    — The trial has documented WH views on the media’s perceived role in helping advance the Bush admin’s agenda. While the defense’s decision not to call VP Cheney or Libby carried risks, WH aides surely dreaded Fitzgerald’s cross exam.
    — What did we learn about the media? Apparently, Cooper has incomplete note-taking skills, while Miller and Abramson didn’t get along at the Times. And the WH thinks Matthews and Russert don’t either. And, as Salon’s Blumenthal writes, leaking anything to Woodward is pointless if you want to get a story published immediately.
    — But after all the sturm und drang, we ask: What really happened in Courtroom #16? Anything? Actually, we could have learned more about the inner-workings of the 1st Bush term (Rove v. Libby? What about Ari?), but that wasn’t a good enough story?