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Friday, March 25, 2005

The MSM Can Notice Things When Their Ox is Gored

The Washington Post reports on a friend of the court brief filed by 36 news organizations, including The Washington Post and major broadcast and cable television news networks. Link.
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.

If the MSM were interested in truth, rather than left wing partisanship, back in the summer of 2003 they should have been contending "A federal court should first determine whether a crime has been committed in the disclosure of an undercover CIA operative's name before" a special prosecutor is appointed. Back then, I read in dozens of blogs that no crime had been committed, I saw the relevant statute quoted, and saw explanations of how the known facts did not violate the statute. However, the Washington Post and its MSM peers were demanding a special prosecutor.

There are several problems I have with special prosecutors. The first is that they are not answerable to anyone. The attorney general cannot force them to abide by prosecutorial ethics. The second is that, having been appointed to spend years and millions of dollars looking at one incident, they usually feel compelled to justify their budget and time by finding a crime, even if none existed.

The MSM were unrelenting in their contention that serious felonies had been committed. It is only now that reporters on on the legal line that they have actually looked at the facts and seen what was obvious to others more than a year ago. No crime was committed. This investigation is a total waste of money and prosecutorial time.

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