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Friday, September 30, 2005

Hooray for Froomkin

Froomkin in the WaPo:
Note to reporters: There is nothing intrinsically noble about keeping your sources' secrets. Your job, in fact, is to expose them. And if a very senior government official, after telling you something in confidence, then tells you that you don't have to keep it secret anymore, the proper response is "Hooray, now I can tell the world" -- not "Sorry, that's not good enough for me, I need that in triplicate." And if you're going to go to jail invoking important, time-honored journalistic principles, make sure those principles really apply.
If the media response this morning is any indication, Judy Kneepads got some 'splainin to do this afternoon.

(thanks to Kate H. for the tip)