Jul. 7, 2005

Counterpoint: Forget Confidentiality, Out Rove

Counterpoint: Forget Confidentiality, Out Rove

By Bill Israel

07/06/05 'Editor & Publisher' - - In 99.9 percent of cases I know, journalists must not break the bonds of appropriate confidentiality, to protect their ability to report, and to defend the First Amendment. I've testified in court to that end, and would do so again.

But the Valerie Plame-CIA case that threatens jail time for reporters from Time and The New York Times this week is the exception that shatters the rule. In this case, journalists as a community have been played for patsies by the president's chief strategist, Karl Rove, and are enabling him to abuse the First Amendment, by their invoking it."

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