Looks like Truthout’s Marc Ash has hit rock bottom and is experiencing a moment of clarity:
Truthout of course published an article on May 13 which reported that Karl Rove had in fact already been indicted. Obviously there is a major contradiction between our version of the story and what was reported yesterday. As such, we are going to stand down on the Rove matter at this time. We defer instead to the nation’s leading publications.
But it doesn’t look like he’s ready to make a full accounting yet:
As journalists, nothing is more critical to being able to report guarded facts than the guarantee of confidentiality we provide to our sources. Truthout has never compromised the identy [sic] of a confidential source. We will protect our sources on this story, as we have on every other story we have ever published. [emphasis mine]
Nothing is more critical? How about your readers’ ability to believe the facts you report?
Ash concludes by promising, “a more comprehensive accounting of this matter on Monday, June 19.” Is this — as Greg at Sixers suggested via e-mail — a sign that Truthout “has given their source until Sunday to come clean or else”? Or is Ash just trying to buy some time so he can figure out a way to get out of Leopold’s promise?