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You Reap What You Sow… January 21, 2006, 3:05 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Journalism.

…from day one of L’affair de Plame (or for the lesser hip – The Valerie Plame leak case), people that could actually go beyond short sighted partisan sniping warned journalists and newspapers to be careful what they asked for. Since the investigation into the Plame leak would, on its surface, hurt the Bush administration and possibly take down Darth Sidious Karl Rove himself, reporters, who would normally fight to the end of the Earth against being forced to reveal their sources under threat of imprisonment, suddenly didn’t mind that journalist Judith Miller was getting the harsh treatment and didn’t rise up en masse to defend their colleague. They were so focused on “getting Bush” and the potential of breaking the next Watergate (which is every journalist’s orgiastic wet dream) that they could not see the forest for the trees. They didn’t actually consider that the shoe might someday find itself on the other foot, with the precedent, established in the Plame case, that journalists are not immune to being forced to reveal their sources.