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April 20, 2005

You must live with the consequences of your decisions

The New York Times as well as the rest of the main stream media made a big stink out of the Valerie Plame idiocy. It was a non-issue from the start, but they smelled blood and kept whining about “criminal activity” hoping it would soil the Bush Administration. Now they find that the only ones soiled are their own reporters they sent to gather information they could use to twist the story.

The NYT reports on the latest development.

Two reporters facing up to 18 months in jail for refusing to testify about their sources lost another round in the courts yesterday. The reporters, Judith Miller of The New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine, now have only one appeal left, to the United States Supreme Court.

The decision, by the full federal appeals court in Washington, declined to reconsider a unanimous decision of a three-judge panel of the court.

The earlier decision, in February, required the reporters to testify about conversations they may have had with government officials concerning Valerie Plame, an undercover C.I.A. agent whose identity was first disclosed by Robert Novak, the syndicated columnist.

There are several errors in just those first paragraphs. It's not been established that Plame was ever “undercover” and it was widely known, well before Novak's column, that Plame worked for the CIA. Recently John Kerry was accused of the same thing, and the MSM quickly dismissed the accusation, for the reason they rejcted i the Plume kerfuffle — the person's involvement with the CIA was already known, but not published.

Had the Liberal media not made such a big stink about it, there would be no investigation and the reporters wouldn't have to go through this mess. The same exact legal weight they now have settling on their shoulders is what they had hoped would land on Bush and the GOP. I know some defend the reporters on the principle that sources should be protected, but I find it hard to have sympathy for someone caught in a trap they set themselves.

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 20, 2005 10:32 AM

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