Monday, July 18, 2005

And if you care enough about that...

So while you are good and inflamed about the latest outrage of WSU or perhaps still rumbling about the Supreme Court decision, Kelo v. New London, denying property rights to home owners in favor of the "public good," believe it or not, there are those out there who are not quite as concerned about those issues. They have found something much more important to rant about: a reporter who went to jail...

The New York Times reporter, Judith Miller refused to reveal her source in the face of a subpoena and has been jailed as a result. The Reporter's Committee for the Freedom of the Press (among others) has taken upon itself to the call foul and start a petition "in support of her decision."

I'm going to take the easy course, refrain from doing any deep thesis piece on the "reporter's privilege," and simply note the obvious exercise in futility.

Crossposted at Western Washington Unraveled
<< Home 4 Comments:
Blogger Gloria said...

Since you like to "report" on things I have a question for you. Don't the reporters have a right to keep their sources anonymous. Just wondering.

8:14 PM, July 19, 2005  
Blogger Mark R said...

Normally it's not a matter of what is legal. It's usually an ethical issue and journalists have been over-using it ever since "Watergate."

It only becomes a problem when the reporter has some information that is needed in a legal or criminal investigation, or prosecution, etc. There have been countless times when reporters have been subpoenaed and have refused to reveal the needed information. They usually claim that giving the information would make journalism an arm of the government--which is only a somewhat maritorious argument. I don't see how cooperating with the law makes us a branch of the government.

7:32 PM, July 21, 2005  
Blogger Gloria said...

Thanks.

12:12 PM, July 22, 2005  
Anonymous Kira Zalan said...

I thought I saw Alice the other day! Or maybe it was Justice Souter –skipping in Wonderland, immune to and above the laws he passes.

11:34 AM, July 28, 2005  

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