Monday, February 28, 2005


If you want a healthy dose of disingenuousness and mendacity it’s hard to beat Maureen Dowd’s column. Today she compares Bush and Putin and guess who comes up short? To the left the United States is the worst country in the world by far (except, perhaps, for Israel). This is especially so when the country is presided over by a Republican. My favorite part of her column is where she argues that President Bush doesn’t have the moral high ground to complain about the way Putin handles the Russian press because Bush, “prefers tossing journalists who protect their sources into the gulag to giving up the officials who broke the law by leaking the name of their own C.I.A. agent.”

Is Dowd so lacking the ability for rational thought that she cannot make the obvious connection here? The journalists that are on the verge of being tossed into the “gulag” are in that position because they refuse to tell the government exactly “who broke the law by leaking the name of their own C.I.A. agent.”

The reporter-source privilege is more of a tradition than it is established law. At any rate, the privilege was never intended to cover communication between reporters and their sources where the communication itself is illegal. If a law was broken in the Plame controversy at all, it was broken when officials leaked her name to reporters. Reporters have a duty to protect whistle-blowing, not law breaking.

Sean Adds: The Dowdinators' little purring lefty sex-kitten act is not aging well. In fact, it can be said that menopause is not kind to little purring sex-kittens in general. She longs for days gone long ago when people cared what sassy leftist had up their sleaves and people actually paid to read the Old Gray Nutsack. The times they are a changin' and so is the temperature in the op-ed room at the Times. It seems to have gone up since the "rape" of Iraq and the advent of Mo's hot-flashes.

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