A Blow To Thug Immunity
Judith Miller, sitting in jail, abandons her jihad-for-immunity.
The 23 loyal readers of Scylla&Charybdis know that Bummer has zero tolerance for the effete nonsense of corpolitical media thugs hiding behind spurious claims of complete immunity and permanent privilege.
Miller sought to be the poster child for the proposition that a reporter and her "source" could enter into an agreement that was immune from the jurisdiction of any criminal court. All courts rejected her argument. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to agree with her.
The immunity argument is CRAP. Wrote Bummer:
Miller's "source" long ago agreed that she was not bound by any confidentiality obligation.
"Bummer likes a free press. Bummer likes a press that can be a conduit for whistleblowers, in government and industry. Bummer understands that a free press and whistleblowing will be seriously impacted if the powerful forces that are attacked are able to punish the reporters via criminal indictment. Bummer also understands the argument that a reporter's sources may be less willing to provide information, if there is a credible threat that the reporter might be compelled to reveal the source, someday.
"But the 'chilling of my sources' argument is a fake, emotional non-issue here, and the effete thugs of the MSM, who have enjoyed a perception of complete immunity, know it (like some punk UN sub-diplomat who double parks his car with diplomatic license plates for 2 hours in a rush hour traffic lane, so that he can have a smoke and a cocktail before heading home to his Stateside mistress). What is at issue is whether there exists ANY third party (like a judge) with the power to supervise abuses of the strong 1st Amendment rights of the press. Of course there is. Our whole system relies on checks and balances...."
A little background reading, here. As to the MSM's failed grab for complete immunity underlying it all, read here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Why did Miller recant? Simple. She lives in bubble, where the MSM executives all think that the "liberal elite street" in America will "rise up" and demand legislative action to correct this horrible travesty of justice.
Except...no one rose up, and no matter how much tortured spin one applies to it, Miller is obstructing justice.
Cynics will note that the Republican targets of this investigation, all of whom insist they have done nothing wrong, want Miller to testify, in order to establish their innocence.
So why would Miller refuse to testify, given that her "source" wants her to do so, in order to establish the innocence of the "source?" Gosh...maybe it's because MSM reporters are happy to burn a source, so long as the source is a Republican. Even if burning a source means refusing to come forward.
Or perhaps, realizing that sainthood is not in her future (other than with the Sheehan crowd of foilhat fools) and that the NYTimes is laying off people, someone talked some sense into Miller.
In any event, a deserved blow to effete thugs claiming immunity.