: NY Times editor Bill Keller and LA Times editorial page editor Michael Kinsley spar and spit over protecting reporters’ confidential sources. (Sadly, they don’t link to Kinsley’s original column.)
An interesting story which I have blogged on several times. This story continues to be obfuscated by the cover of “protecting sources.” The “source” in this case was not a whistleblower revealing the naughty actions of somebody else. It’s not illegal to be a spy. It is illegal to reveal the identity of a spy. The leaker is the criminal. How Novak has not been forced to reveal this yet is a mystery, but somebody needs to cough up the information. We’re not protecting a source here. We’re protecting a criminal in the administration. That much is black and white. The rest of these debates about sources and the freedom of the press are simply smoke screens.
I suppose that if I were a reporter I would like to have extra privileges and rights. Why not have engineers automatically have the right to concealed carry? Or teachers have the right to free refills?
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