Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Journalist Class

Continues to whine for special treatment. Mr. Corallo makes a good point – the Barry Bonds case is probably one where the government shouldn’t go to the mat, but then the grand jury findings are supposed to be secret.

The more interesting oversight in this piece is the start of the unraveling of presumed journalistic privilege.

Plamegate.

The NY Times, eager to gin up outrage over the administration’s attempt to note the, err, inconsistencies in Mr. Wilson’s shifting Niger stories, screamed for an investigation into the Valerie Plame leak until it got one.

It then followed up with stories revealing classified information on the intelligence gathering on terrorists in a time of war. Information that would have landed a terrorist spy in Gitmo or worse, had they been caught attempting to get it for themselves. Instead, all they need to do to get the latest classified info is to check the Times and the rest of the MSM.

I’m not sure that journalists can afford many more of these victories. Total score: reporters in jail, no Rove indictment, Scooter Libby likely to beat the rap, Fitzmas fizzle. Public confidence ratings for the MSM somewhere below those of the guy sending Nigerian Oil Minister scam emails.

Small wonder that Justice doesn’t feel too much remorse over prosecuting journalists who leak classified information. I just wish they were more aggressive about it. In this war, information is key.

In short, Time and others in the MSM threw the presumption in favor of the media under the bus to advance a vendetta against W. Now, it’s coming around to bite them. And will for quite some time – I can’t imagine a Democratic administration taking a fond view of damaging leaks either.