Fat Steve's Blatherings

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

        Mickey Kaus cuts to the chase:
        Isn't this a major blow against testimonial immunity for reporters, in practice? Here is how the NYT itself reported the final argument made on behalf of Judith Miller before she was jailed:

        Robert S. Bennett, a lawyer for Ms. Miller, urged Judge Hogan to conclude that Ms. Miller would never talk, making confinement pointless.

        It's now clear confinement wasn't pointless. It worked for the prosecutor exactly as intended.  After a couple of months of sleeping on "two thin mats on a concrete slab," Miller decided, in her words, "I owed it to myself" to check and see if just maybe Libby really meant to release her from her promise of confidentiality.  And sure enough-- you know what?--it turns out he did!  The message sent to every prosecutor in the country is "Don't believe journalists who say they will never testify. A bit of hard time and they just might find a reason to change their minds.  Judy Miller did."  This is the victory for the press the Times has achieved.  More journalists will now go to jail, quite possibly, than if Miller had just cut a deal right away, before taking her stand on "principle."

THE HOUSE OF SAUD MUST BE DESTROYED — AND WILL BE!

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