CBS Skimps On Covering Good News For Rove

<p><img hspace="0" src="media/2006-06-13-CBSTESChen.jpg" align="right" border="0" />After the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former Chief of Staff, Lewis &quot;Scooter&quot; Libby, on perjury charges, rumors have circulated that President Bush’s top political adviser Karl Rove would soon be indicted as well. Today, we found out that would not be the case. </p><p>On April 27, when Karl Rove was set to testify before the grand jury for the fifth time, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante, appearing on &quot;The Early Show&quot; noted: </p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p>&quot;Sources close to the case say they think that it’s almost at an end. If it is cleared up in Rove’s favor, that will be a big lift to this White House.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>A big lift for the White House? You wouldn’t have known that watching &quot;The Early Show&quot; this morning. All that was said on the subject amounted to about 25 seconds and came from 2 anchor reads from co-host Julie Chen. In fact, the story wasn't big enough news to earn a tease or a mention at the top of the show, but at about 7:06 Chen mentioned:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p>&quot;Breaking news out of Washington this morning. Karl Rove, President Bush's chief political advisor, will not be indicted by a federal prosecutor in the CIA leak case. Rove had been under investigation for nearly three years.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>And in the 8:00 half hour:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p>&quot;Also in the news this morning, presidential adviser Karl Rove, his lawyer says Rove will not be charged in the CIA leak case. Rove has testified before a grand jury five times about the leak of a CIA officer's identity&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Compare this to some of the coverage when Rove’s fate was still uncertain, and the possibility for indictment still remained.</p><p>On October 28, the day of the Libby indictment, John Roberts reported on the CBS &quot;Evening News&quot;:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p>&quot;And the investigation is not over. Karl Rove escaped indictment today, but according to sources, still faces a possible perjury charge.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Roberts’ report was followed up by Bob Schieffer opening a segment with CBS News Political Correspondent Gloria Borger:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p>&quot;When the fate of a powerful official like Karl Rove is still to be decided, today's developments will make it even harder for a White House that was already having trouble getting anything done. &quot;</p></blockquote><font size="2"></font><p>And Gloria Borger, spoke of Rove's uncertain future:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p>Rove's future remains a major unanswered question. While not indicted today, a grand jury investigation into his role in the CIA leak will continue, and the longer that takes, the longer it will take the White House to rebound.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Then on November 7, on CBS’s &quot;The Early Show, CBS correspondent, Thalia Assuras noted Rove’s potential legal problems in regards to the Bush administrations attempts to turn around low poll numbers:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p>&quot;The biggest fix, say critics, should happen now, with the President doing some housecleaning, perhaps even firing his top adviser, Karl Rove, <b>who’s under a cloud of suspicion over the CIA leak.</b>&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Granted, this morning the news of Rove’s non indictment was just breaking, so it will be interesting to see how CBS covers the story tonight on &quot;The Evening News&quot; and again on tomorrow’s &quot;Early Show.&quot; Will they give it the coverage it warrants, or will it continue to be cursory?</p>