Wednesday, July 06, 2005

breaking newsfish

they've sent NY Times reporter Judith Miller to jail for refusing to reveal a confidential source.

mental picture for you: Woodward & Bernstein imprisoned.

we're going down the wrong side of the trousers of time at this point, people.

13 little fish:

Blogger Margot Badeau swam up to say...

this lady is my new hero, for serious.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

I feel for her. I'm sorry that the courts decided that this is the necessary course of action to take and I applaud her for her convictions. At this stage in the game I don't know that I would go to prison to protect anyone's confidentiality...then again, I'm so cynical, think of the book deal she's gonna get afterwards!!!

8:38 PM  
Blogger the wheel swam up to say...

I don't know, jenn. I think this seems different than Watergate. With Watergate, the person leaking the information was a whistle blower, who saw the president abusing his power. The leaker in the Plame case is someone in the Bush adminstration abusing their power in an act of vengence against a diplomat who dared to publicly disagree with the president. It seems like the whistle blowing leak should be more protected.

I don't know, it's probably just my political views clouding my opinion. Normally I'd side with the reporters, but I really want to know who in the administration authorized revenge. Reporters always need to have the integrity to do jail time if they are forced into such a situation.

Plus, reporters consider jail time a badge of honor. I'm sure she'll get out and make millions of dollars, and get a Pulitzer or something.

Okay, I'm officially rambling here.

9:49 PM  
Blogger transience swam up to say...

nobody respects ethics anymore.

12:40 AM  
Blogger JP swam up to say...

While the source's motives maybe suspect, I'd have to say it's still untenable to expect a reporter to divulge the identity of confidential source.

Think what'd happen if they start undermining the aspect of confidentiality that's integral to so many other professions - like the law, and medicine...

That way lies Big Brother.

If it's any consolation, the rest of the world's democracies aren't in too much better a shape.

No, that isn't very consoling, is it? Sorry.

1:41 AM  
Blogger eKapa swam up to say...

that's ridiculous. damn, next they'll be sending priests to jail for not revealing confessions.

3:59 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

ah the death of the american media continues... this is getting to be just silly. i know if he had his way, Fitzgerald would have all sources be non-confidential:

'Fitzgerald said that "we can't have 50,000 journalists" making their own decisions about whether to reveal sources.'

This statement, though biased by the case, represents to me a major lack of trust in our reporters. What are they children?

Cheers to Miller for remembering integrity despite opposition! And to Cooper for the same!

however (and here I begin to ramble a little, just a little), as i understand the case , the bastard who revealed the undercover CIA agent's identity seriously comprimising her safety on, what? a whim - should het his/her just deserts.

11:07 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

you've got to respect someone who says "I do not make confidentiality pledges lightly, but when I do I must honor them."

the probe into the leak is all well & good--but somehow Mr. Novak, who is the columnist that actually leaked the agent's name, gets to refuse to say whether he's been subpoenaed or not, & the reporter in jail never even wrote a report on the story--she just conducted an interview, & "someone probably testified that they'd spoken" to her.

11:33 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

yeah - stupid shit

12:53 PM  
Blogger oldben swam up to say...

ekapa - or not sending priests to jail for touching little boys. wait, they already don't do that.

oh the injustice. if it weren't so prevalent i might feel sick, but since it's the norm and i don't want to shout myself hoarse i just shake my head and wait for the 'bad egg' chute to open beneath humanity and drop us into the furnace.

4:16 PM  
Blogger bricotrout swam up to say...

1- novak would never have revealed the name if the agent had been maried to a conservative.
2- the reporters wouldnt have gone to press with the name if the agent was a beloved relative to them.
3- the source (and subsequently the 3 reporters) broke federal law and threatened national security. if deliberate it was treason and probably politically motivated. if accidental, the source is dangerously incompitent. either way, they need to be reomved from their position ASAP.
4- woodward & bernstein never broke federal law.
5- mental picture: a white house source reveals to a reporter top secret info about the presidents upcoming trip abroad which results in his assasination. same thing.
5- if the wrong people had gotten ahold of the revealed agent before she was 'removed from country' our national security could be at UNBELIEVABLE risk.
6- im about as liberal as they come and treasure the free press to no end. but with rights come responsibilities.
7- HATE to disagree upon first contact :)
8- nice site

6:52 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

hell yeah, rights come with resposiblities and especially the media have a lot of responisiblities to uphold. actually i agree with most of what you say, brico - (oh yeah and welcome to the fish) - with conflict comes enlightenment :)

this issue is like skating on thin ice on the edge of a cliff - really Miller is known for being a lapdog for the Bush administration, citing shady "confidential" sources and lipsinking in time to the administration's call for war - so when it comes to her helping to "out" an undercover agent, i agree with Skrambled that there is something hazily political going on.

That said, it's pretty scary that the sanctity of "free press" and confidential sources hangs in the balance because of this case and this woman. forcing her to present her source and break her confidentiality agreement, no matter what the case, could set a dangerous precident that further endangers our already crippled media.

10:35 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

seems that mr. time-magazine's source turned out to be none other than Karl Rove...

she said mischievously, adding more fuel to the fire...

11:19 AM  

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