Monday, September 12, 2005

Real News From Judith Miller?

To: letters@nytimes.com
Re: Shielding a Basic Freedom

I'm trying to translate this:

"Karl Rove trusts Judith Miller to protect his identity so he can reveal more than the official line. Without that agreement and that trust between reporter and source, the real news simply dries up..."

No. The "real news" will never come from people like Karl Rove and Judith Miller. It will come from whistleblowers who are not breaking laws and have no reason to fear prosecutors. Anonymous sourcing is necessary, but being an anonymous source is an essentially cowardly and dishonorable act. There ought to be a little risk involved.