Scooter Libby: The Final Nail in Journalism's Coffin
How did one jerkoff with a goofy nickname kill an American Institution? Well, waiting until it had been thoroughly debased didn't hurt. And he had help: Tim Russert, Judy Miller, and a whole ragtag gang of media whores successfully defanged the first amendment with him. The New York Times today quotes about a dozen media experts and journalism professors saying variations on "the Libby trial is over -- begun the clone wars have," then trashing the journos who got us into this mess:
"They're not fearless advocates," Professor Feldstein said of the reporters involved, "but supplicants, willing and even eager to be manipulated."
Now, now, Professor Feldstein! Tim Russert is too a fearless advocate! Of the Buffalo Bills, and probably meatball subs, but still!
Tangential note: can anyone find us a "high-profile First Amendment attorney" who's won a single important case in the last 40 years? Should embattled journalists and activists start hiring low-profile Ninth Amendment attorneys instead? Or just hiring lawyers from the TV? If you lose your landmark Supreme Court case, you don't have to pay!