Dance with the Devil,...
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I'm all for the preservation of the First Amendment and a free press but, it seems the leftist MSM is about to get a taste of its own medicine:
If they refuse to answer a grand jury's questions, a judge vows to act.
By Chris Mondics
Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - It may be one of the most important First Amendment cases in a generation.
And it is one the media are on the verge of losing.
Two reporters, from the New York Times and Time magazine, are to appear in federal court today for a hearing on whether they should go to jail for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury investigating the potentially illegal disclosure of the identify of a CIA operative.
A generation ago, the New York Times and the Washington Post successfully defied the government in publishing a classified history of the Vietnam War known as the Pentagon Papers, with considerable public support.
But this case comes amid growing public skepticism about the motives of the press and a string of high-profile media setbacks, notably CBS News' retraction of a story during the presidential campaign purporting to show that President Bush shirked his National Guard duty.
But some say that if there is little outcry, then the press has only its own reporting to blame.
"There is less reporting and more coverage, and people know the difference," said Joan Konner, a professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism.
Eight days after Wilson's July 6, 2003, column appeared in the New York Times, syndicated columnist Robert Novak published his own column identifying Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, "as an agency operative on weapons of mass destruction."
Why Robert Novak isn't rotting away in jail on charges of treason is beyond me. We are in a state of war and he revealed classified information to the public, as well as exposed a security asset.