Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Journalism Takes a Hit
Looks like Matthew Cooper (Time) and Judith Miller (NYTimes) might be heading to jail for refusing to disclose their sources. The federal appeals court yesterday rejected an appeal. "It also serves as a firm rebuke to major news organizations and First Amendment groups who had weighed in on the case, legal experts said."
This goes back to the Valerie Plame case. It's unfortunate that the U.S. Attorney investigating this case had no where to go but these two reporters. While many would like to see individuals in the White House take the fall for what happened to Plame because of her husband's anti-Iraq War stance, I'm not sure it'd be worth it. The chilling effect on both whistle blowing as well as reporting would be crushing. We have ourselves in a real lose-lose situation.
I'd bet quite a nice sum that someone else that the U.S. Attorney has access to could have provided a new lead in the case, thus avoiding this situation. But the Attorney, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, is reportedly done with his investigation with the exception of Miller and Cooper's testimony. Unfortunate.