June 29, 2005


Len Vertig

Maybe the lack of outrage has something to do with the fact that Judith Miller is almost universally loathed in her profession. Or that she wrote a lot of absolute nonsense about Saddam's WMD. Or it's because those who might otherwise get worked up about it really want to know who blew Valerie Plame's cover.

In principle, you're right, of course. Schadenfreude shouldn't trump free speech. And who wants to turn that c*nt into a First Amendment martyr?


I'd begun to go in and remove your expletive (elided though it might be) when I realized that to do so in a post touting the First Amendment would be somewhat inconsistent. But I don't really care for that sort of language.

Still, I'm glad you see the wider point, however reluctantly - the first amendment is not a popularity contest, selectively applied to nice people. If it's not universal it doesn't work.

Personally, I think the leaks should be publicly exposed - as part of a legitimate bit of investigative journalism about how the Bush administration goes after its enemies using attack dogs like Novak. But that's should come from the press, not the goverment.

Patry Francis

Okay, you've nudged my conscience. Sitting around saying 'ain't it awful?' while our freedoms vanish and good people pay the price for trying to defend them isn't enough. We have to act. All of us.

Fred Schoeneman


The First Amendment is designed to protect free speech, I thought. I didn't know it was intended to protect witnesses to crimes from having to testify about them.



Len: Why is Judith Miller "almost universally loathed in her profession"? Besides the WMD/Chalabi stuff, what else did she do to earn that universal loathing?

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