FREE hit counter and Internet traffic statistics from
Right Intention: New Twist With Wilson/Plame

Saturday, March 26, 2005

New Twist With Wilson/Plame

You cannot be serious:

A federal court should first determine whether a crime has been committed in the disclosure of an undercover CIA operative's name before prosecutors are allowed to continue seeking testimony from journalists about their confidential sources, the nation's largest news organizations and journalism groups asserted in a court filing yesterday.

The 40-page brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, argues that there is "ample evidence . . . to doubt that a crime has been committed" in the case, which centers on the question of whether Bush administration officials knowingly revealed the identity of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame in the summer of 2003. Plame's name was published first by syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak and later by other publications.

The friend-of-the-court brief was filed by 36 news organizations, including The Washington Post and major broadcast and cable television news networks, in support of reporters at the New York Times and Time magazine who face possible jail time for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury investigating the allegations. Those two organizations filed a petition Tuesday asking the full appeals court to review the case.

Let me see if I have this straight. Journalists, in yet another attempt to bring down the Bush administration, started a feeding frenzy over the Valerie Plame situation. Desperately hoping this could be another Watergate or Iran Contra, liberal journalists countrywide demanded a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate this supposed heinous crime. It didn't matter one iota that the only place a crime had taken place was in their fantasies. They sensed a chance to hurt Bush and dammit, they were going to take it.

Now that the situation has boomeranged perfectly, the very same people who were demanding the investigation suddenly agree with those of us who said all along no crime had been committed. No one ever said journalists lacked balls.

You know what I find most amazing about this story? It's not the overzealousness of the media in pursuing this story, the ridiculous demands for a special prosecutor or the about face now that journalists themselves are in the crosshairs. All of these things are incredible, but none are what amaze me the most. So what is it?

It's that liberal journalists are doing all of this with a straight face.

UPDATE: The Opinion Journal has more. Go read it.


Post a Comment

<< Home