Saturday, October 01, 2005

PUNCH AND JUDY

NYT reporter Judith Miller, jailed apparently because she refused to give up her source on the Valerie Plame case, has been release. The official story is that she finally received a waiver from her source, VP Cheney's aid "Scooter" Libby. But Libby's lawyer claims they provided Miller with a waiver almost a year ago. Those of us following the story from day one already knew it was Libby.

So, was Judy sitting in jail because of bureaucratic foul-up? Not likely. The emerging concensus among those following this story, notable Arianna Huffington, is that the meglomaniac Judy was simply posturing for a bit of First Amendment fame, hoping to surpass the record of Venessa Leggett as a journalist bravely refusing to expose her source. How noble!

"Excuse, Mr. Wells, may we borrow your time machine? Thank you."
"Right this way Ms. Miller, watch your head."
"Do I still have to serve time in jail for not revealing my source?"
"Oh, yes, absolutely. But not in Virginia or Maryland."
"No?"
"No."
"Mr. Wells, could you take us to the Guatanamo Bay Prison camp? We have a new inmate."