You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #56: We also know most of the other journalists [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (Through 2005) Donate to DU
RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-01-04 10:54 AM
Response to Original message
56. We also know most of the other journalists
in addition to Novak,

Andrea Mitchell has said she was contacted, as was someone from Time magazine and two reporters for...Newsday, I think it was. I think the sixth "journalist" was Chris Matthews, right? Wasn't he the one who said that he was told that "Plame is fair game.." --by Rove? Or maybe that last one was later.

I think the suggestion of telling another reporter and having that reporter refuse to divulge sources is a great way around the issue, as far as the reporters the instance of Novak, he has become part of the story, not simply a reporter of the story, and he went on to write more articles, naming the company that Plame worked for, even.

The law that currently exists allows a journalist to be exempt from charges if he or she does not consistently name agents. What constitutes "consistently," though? And does it apply to the same agent more than once, or does a journalist have to show a pattern by naming different agents?

But I think the case could also be made that Novak targeted Plame by repeating giving information about her which damaged intelligence operations around the world in the hunt for WMD, and he could at the least be fined for this action to set an example for so-called journalists who think they can do the political bidding of any side and get away with it when it harms national security.

However, I think the solution to this issue is to have the special prosecutor get Karl Rove and Scotter Libby and George Bush to testify under oath about whether or not they know the identity of the person who outed Plame, and if they do, to ask them to name the name.

If they refuse to do this under oath, or if they say that they do not know the name, then the prosecutor can call the journalists and ask them simply if, based upon their knowledge of the source, Rove and Libby are perjuring themselves.

That way they do not have to name names if it is not Rove or Libby, and they are simply testifying as to whether or not they have knowledge of perjury on the part of a witness.

Couldn't that work?

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (Through 2005) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC