Wednesday, April 26, 2006

WSJ editorial page smackdown

Fair point:

The press is also inventing a preposterous double standard that is supposed to help us all distinguish between bad leaks (the Plame name) and virtuous leaks (whatever Ms. McCarthy might have done). Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie has put himself on record as saying Ms. McCarthy should not "come to harm" for helping citizens hold their government accountable. Of the Plame affair, by contrast, the Post's editorial page said her exposure may have been an "egregious abuse of the public trust."

It would appear that the only relevant difference here is whose political ox is being gored, and whether a liberal or conservative journalist was the beneficiary of the leak. That the press sought to hound Robert Novak out of polite society for the Plame disclosure and then rewards Ms. Priest and Mr. Risen with Pulitzers proves the worst that any critic has ever said about media bias.

I certainly haven't noticed anyone in the press trying to get Priest (whose photo reveals her to be extremely telegenic) to give up her source the way people tried to get Novak to give up his in the Plame Game. But perhaps I haven't been watching enough.

As to holding the government accountable for its secret prisons, the European Union has been unable to prove their existence.


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