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Journalistic Transparency from Libby Trial

The National Journal’s William Powers, in “Mirror, Mirror,” writes of the “Scooter” Libby trial in Washington, where various kinds of journalistic and political malpractice (and just plain regular functioning) are on display:

It’s a high-stakes game. In the Libby trial, we have a living tableau of a bunch of people who were playing it together, against the backdrop of war. Nobody comes off especially well: The war was based on bad information and everyone in the news establishment got taken for a ride. And this is part of the story of how it happened. This is Washington, not as some screenwriter or scolding ethicist would have it, but as it really is. Transparency like this doesn’t come along very often. Enjoy it while it lasts.

1 Comment on “Journalistic Transparency from Libby Trial”

  1. #1 MnMnM
    on Feb 9th, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    Recent clues point to Abbott and Costello as original architects of Plame Leak.
    Grand Jury testimony of Scooter Libby, former Chief of Staff of the United States (COSTUS) for the Vice President, leaked by Rove-ing reporter (humor).

    It is posted at: Libby Knows who Leaked First

    Bobbing and weaving, a tangled web we do. Book him, Danno.
    Please keep my identity a secret. Double super Secret.
    Middle-aged, Middle-of-the-road, Mid-Westerner

    We can only hope that Fitz doesn’t fizzle.
    I think Mr. Fitzgerald’s motto should be: “If you do a white collar crime then you will serve blue collar time.” Look where he lodged Judith Miller. A few months in a blue collar jail and she was ready to sing. Unfortunately, she says she forgot the words

    The Times & Post They Should Be A-Changin

    Bloggers Request:

    Come writers and critics
    Who prophesize with your pen
    And keep your eyes wide
    The chance won’t come again
    And don’t speak too soon
    For the wheel’s still in spin
    And there’s no tellin’ who
    That it’s namin’.
    For the loser now
    Will be later to win
    For the Times & Post should be a-changin’.

    Good Bye Sulzberger, Keller, Miller, and Woodward!

    Fitzgerald’s response:

    Come politician’s, journalists
    Please heed the call
    Don’t stand in the doorway
    Don’t block up the hall
    For he that gets hurt
    Will be he who has stalled

    There’s a battle outside
    And it is ragin’.
    It’ll soon shake your windows
    And rattle your walls
    For the indictments they are a-comin’.

    –Bob Dylan
    Perhaps for Rove?