In other news, I came across this little bit in the Washington Post, attributed in a roundup of ponderings on the Rove issue to a Mr. David Kidwell of the Miami Herald:
"All you really need to consider is this: If you were a government employee with a nagging conscience, if you had secret records that would expose corruption or lies at the highest levels, if your job was on the line and you needed to find a journalist whose promises you could trust with your life -- who would you call today: Matt Cooper and Time magazine, or Judith Miller and The New York Times?"
There are a number of things wrong with this statement. First of all, Judith Miller is not a hero of the American Press. She is not martyring herself in the name of the first amendment. She did not publish information from a little guy who went to the press to "do the right thing" and blow the whistle on "corruption or lies at the highest levels." No. She is *PART* of the corruption and lies at the highest levels- the very highest levels- of government and she is taking the fall not for her convictions but for someone bigger and far more powerful than she. Lois Lane she ain't.
If the person in the scenario described above, that is, the little guy with a nagging conscience and a collection of secret records, came to Judith Miller with his story, he wouldn't get past her assistant's assistant.