Monday, July 11, 2005

Kinsley Disgraces L.A. Times By Failing To Take A Stand for Judith Miller

Written from Dutch Harbor in the Aleutians, Alaska --

The L.A. Times editorial pages have steadily gone downhill under the incompetent and unprincipled direction of the always-wobbly Michael Kinsley, an absentee overlord..

But never has Kinsley disgraced himself and the paper more profoundly than by his unwillingness to take a firm stand in the political jailing by a corrupt legal system of New York Times reporter Judith Miller.

Indeed, the federal prosecutor in this sordid episode has now cited the weak position of the L.A. Times in his argument defending the unfair persecution of both Miller and the free press. He says the L.A. Times position vindicates his own.

The L.A. Times has now descended to the level where it is cited by the enemies of the press in a case of political emprisonment.

I've on occasion been willing to give Kinsley the benefit of the doubt in terms of experimenting for changes on the editorial page, questionable as many are..

But his failure to defend the important principle of the use of confidential sources and refusal to identifify them to government prosecutors goes beyond the line. Kinsley can no longer claim to be a legitimate representative of the press, because he has shown himself willing to give up press freedoms.

In the campa9ign for the liberation of Miller, we can no more abide by this new Benedict Arnold, a man who simply doesn't believe in safeguarding press freedoms or much else in his waffling and mistatements of cardinal facts.

Get rid of the bum! Send him back to Seattle, where he doesn't really belong either.


Blogger Matt Weinstock said...

Where is it written that the press can make up stories and claim to be protecting a source?


7/11/2005 5:11 PM  
Anonymous Reporters Committee said...

Sign the statement

On July 6, New York Times reporter Judith Miller was sent to jail for refusing to disclose her sources before the grand jury investigating the disclosure of the name of a CIA operative. Unless she changes her mind or the judge decides she will not be coerced into testifying, she will remain in jail until the grand jury's term expires in late October. This petition is here to allow journalists to show their support of Miller, by letting her know that we support her defense of journalists, journalism, and the public's right to know about its government.

I support the decision of Judith Miller to refuse to disclose her confidential sources. Journalists are not above the law,
but must be independent and free from government control if they are to effectively serve as government watchdogs.

Sign the statement at

7/11/2005 10:09 PM  
Blogger shelly sloan said...

Well, it is about time you stopped giving Kinsley a pass.

Can John Carroll be far behind? His policy of "moral equivalency" will sink the Times.

Remember, a fish stinks from the head first...

7/12/2005 1:47 AM  
Blogger Matt Weinstock said...

Reporter's Committee -

I admire the reporter's stand for what she believes is right, but please splain to me why reporters and newsreaders are above the law. I jus don't get it? Are you guys special?


7/12/2005 12:24 PM  

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