The MSM is in anguish over Woodward. Read, e.g., this LATimes piece
Why is the MSM so anguished over Woodward? Well, they don't know yet. But Bummer knows.
The Krugman/Dowd crowd is heavily invested in the notion that Bush or Rove intentionally "outted" Valeria Plame, as punishment for her husband's whistleblowing. In other words, this was a criminal act by Bush and Rove. An intentional, planned felonious attack against someone who was inconvenient to the Administration's position.
This MSM belief has achieved religious, litmus-test status, despite a fairly healthy stack of facts that rebut it.
Enter Woodward. His appearance has stirred massive cognitive dissonance among the Left. The reason (which the Left cannot recognize yet, with all that dissonance) is that Woodward - the strongest brand of Democratic whistleblower/"bring down the corrupt Administration" there is, now appears to be the first reporter to have been tipped about "Wilson's wife."
And as to the circumstances in which Woodward learned about "Wilson's wife," Woodward says:
"The person told me Wilson's wife worked for the CIA on weapons of mass destruction as a WMD analyst. ...The reference seemed to me to be casual and offhand, and that it did not appear to me to be either classified or sensitive. I testified that according to my understanding an analyst in the CIA is not normally an undercover position. "
"Casual and offhand
? So much for all that nefarious evil intent that the Left has come to accept as dogma.
And that's why the Left is so anguished over Woodward, although they haven't worked through it all, yet.
Woodward found out that "Wilson's wife" worked at the CIA. Woodward told his fellow WAPO reporter, Pincus.
Pincus kept up his sleuthing into this intriguing matter. If you believe that the identity of Valerie Plame was no secret among the dining set it Washington, then Pincus likely nailed down who this "wife" was with a couple of phone calls.
So Pincus puts 2+2+2 together, and figures out that Valerie Plame is Wilson's husband. And Pincus wants the White House to confirm or deny what involvement Plame had in sending Wilson to Niger. So Pincus calls the White House.
Guess what, folks. No only is there no crime, there. But indeed, the Left's fictional religious tenet that Karl Rove engineered this, to punish Wilson, becomes roadkill.
Woodward and Pincus (and others) figured this out. It's the Investigative Reporters, Stupid.