From the AP:

WASHINGTON –Vice President Dick Cheney is not the unidentified source who told Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward about the CIA status of the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson, a person familiar with the investigation said Thursday.

Woodward did not talk with the vice president that day, did not provide the information that’s been reported in Woodward’s notes and has not had any conversations over the past several weeks about any release for allowing Woodward to testify, said the person, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Fine, then why the anonymity? Somebody afraid Big Time’s gonna get all bent out of shape because they’re defending him? I’m not 100% convinced Woodward’s source is Cheney, but until someone is willing to come out and state this for the record, this is just so much meaningless hogwash. The AP ought to be embarassed to print it at this point.

Meanwhile, the NYT people must be breathing with pure relief as they watch the WaPo’s bacon sink swiftly into the fire:

Washington Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell has received hundreds of calls and e-mails from readers since yesterday’s revelations about Bob Woodward’s involvement in the Valerie Plame case, and none of them are positive.

“I am getting a lot of reaction and, from readers, it is all bad,” Howell told E&P today, referring to the fallout from Woodward’s disclosure that he spoke to a confidential White House source about Plame in 2003. “We are being barraged with calls. They think it was wrong for him not to tell his editors and wrong for the Post not to tell readers.”

The damage caused by Judy Miller to the NYT is looking positively small potatoes next to the damage being wrought by Mr. Run-Amok. The Post may yet be forced into choosing between its future and its past.

Thanks to ck in the comments who says that our headline, “Mr. Run-Amok,” made it onto the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer tonight. We already got props from Froomkin for dubbing Woodward thusly, so we happily bequeath the moniker along with our deepest sympathies to those writers of integrity at the WaPo who are living through the shitstorm Woodward has brought down upon their house.

(thanks to reader James G. for the graphic)