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The Fat Lady Warms Up (Joe Wilson)
WSJ ^ | 4/7/05 | James Taranto

Posted on 04/07/2005 2:36:05 PM PDT by swilhelm73

"The special prosecutor investigating whether Bush administration officials illegally revealed the identity of a covert CIA operative says he finished his investigation months ago, except for questioning two reporters who have refused to testify," reports the Washington Post, citing a March 22 court filing by the prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald:

Legal experts and sources close to the case also speculated yesterday that Fitzgerald is not likely to seek an indictment for the crime he originally set out to investigate: whether a government official knowingly exposed a covert officer.

So where's the outrage from Josh Marshall, former Enron adviser Paul Krugman, David Corn and the others who on Joe Wilson's say-so worked themselves up into such a lather a year and a half ago, over the "unpatriotic" administration officials who had "jeopardized national security" by "outing" a "secret agent"? These guys have all gone silent--though sadly, only on this subject.

News organizations, meanwhile, are outraged about Fitzgerald's efforts to compel testimony from reporters Judith Miller and Matt Cooper. Reports the Post:

That special prosecutor's characterization of his efforts led to indignation among press advocates who learned of the filing yesterday. They said it bolsters their suspicion that Fitzgerald has put two journalists in jeopardy of incarceration though he may not have sufficient evidence to indict someone for the felony he was appointed to investigate.

We share that indignation, but then we've been arguing from the start that there probably wasn't a crime here. In contrast, many news organizations are culpable for hyping this story, whether out of partisanship or lust for a scandal story.

The Post notes that Fitzgerald may "seek to charge a government official with committing perjury by giving conflicting information to prosecutors." News organizations, however, won't be charged. It isn't illegal to give conflicting information to the public.

(Excerpt) Read more at opinionjournal.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: josephwilson; mediabias; pressbias; yellowcake

1 posted on 04/07/2005 2:36:09 PM PDT by swilhelm73
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2 posted on 04/07/2005 2:41:44 PM PDT by Enterprise (Abortion and "euthanasia" - the twin destroyers of the Democrat Party.)
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Paul Krugman is flat-out psychotic. I wonder how long we will have to wait for his DeanScream.


3 posted on 04/07/2005 3:09:57 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Hillary, Nancy, and Barbara: Proof that there are strong men in the Democrat Party)
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