Wednesday, July 13, 2005
I wanted to draw attention toward this New York Times article that reveals my favorite part of this Rove affair. It seems Matt Cooper, the Time reporter facing jail time for refusing to reveal his source (Rove), wanted to avoid both jail time and violating his sense of journalistic ethics that required him to keep his source confidential unless his source gave him specific authorization to testify. The day he was to go to jail, Robert Luskin, Rove’s attorney was quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying, “If Matt Cooper is going to jail to protect a source, it's not Karl he's protecting.” Cooper and his attorney took that to mean that he should not go to jail to protect Kart Rove. He had his authorization. I’m not certain that gets past all the journalistic ethics issues but it does really nail Luskin for his bullshit statement.