I'm Not Sure Who To Root For Here...By which I mean this thing about Time saving Matt Cooper from jail by callowly turning over the information Cooper, and Judith Miller, refuse on ethical grounds to give up, regarding the Plame leak.
On one hand, journalists being jailed for not revealing their sources is a hideous, fascist thing that does not bode well as a precedent and I'm against that.
On the other, it will be revealed who leaked Valerie Plame's identity to Robert Novak.
Speaking of whom, neither of the reporters to be jailed actually reported first-hand on this, whereas Novak actually outed a CIA agent and we know he had direct contact with the leaker. Why exactly is Robert Novak not the one going to jail? Apparently he's an associate of Judith Miller's, which only reveals what a shit Novak is. Judith Miller also played a major part in spreading the WMD myth and thus, to me, has in large part abrogated any claim to "ethics" anyway. It's interesting that important principles always necessitate defending such hideous jerks; I'm thinking, for example, way back when having to defend 2 Live Crew in conversation. It was an issue of freedom of speech, but they really did suck as well. I can't say my heart bleeds for Miller, though, personally. And to think, she did such favors for the administration in her WMD stories, full of what we now know to be utter lies. Fascinating that in the same week the Bushes demonstrate complete ingratitude to two prominent women who allowed them to accomplish so much evil.
Magazine has proven for all time that it is merely a corporate newsoid piece of nonsense with no spine and no pride. To give in so easily; for shame. The magazine pretends
it's about journalists not being "above the law." David Andelman has a better explanation
, and it's nothing to do with respect for the law, at least not in the sense they say.
Time's lawyers believed that if the company didn't comply, it could be exposed to legal liability or government sanctions that could rise even higher than the $1,000 a day the judge had threatened. After all, if Cooper held out for a year at $10,000 a day, that $3.65 million could make quite a dent in the income statement of a company that books $40 billion a year in revenue. It took some looking to find the magazine's statement on Cooper, incidentally. They're so dead set on pushing out all important news that they headline and cover-feature Lincoln. Nixon also used to talk about Lincoln when he wanted to change the point from himself. Hell, they even headline an indie film at Sundance. It's not like this was a slow news week.
Though it's a good ethic to not reveal your sources if they don't wish to be revealed, this is a good principle being used for a bad purpose. But that ethics are used by a scoundrel does not mean the ethics are wrong. But Miller and Cooper have done much propaganda work for the Bush regime and are hiding a person who has committed a federal crime in furtherance of bad policies.
So I'm torn. But as it's a fait accompli,
I guess I can just sit back and wait for the juicy, juicy information to finally be revealed. My money is still on Karl Rove, or at least a member of his staff; last week's bout of Tourette's on his part aside, he's not a man stupid enough to get his own fingerprints on such a thing. Even a burglar knows that.
Well, if one looks back in history, maybe some don't