23 May 2004 Why Don’t Mafia Dons Run Blogs?
The news media was all over the allegation that someone in the White House made public the fact that former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV’s wife is affiliated with the CIA. But does the news media cooperate in the investigation to find out who did it?
Time magazine, NBC and Newsday won’t.
The Washington Post reports that the Washington Post won’t say. (Yes, you read that right. The Post talked to itself and didn’t get a reply.)
More farce from the Post, which recently strongly implied that it didn’t know the cause of death of one of its most famous columnists, Mary McGrory, when pretty much the entire newsroom had to know. The Post does this sort of thing all the time.
But back to the free pass on crime: Would a blogger be free to refuse to cooperate in a law enforcement investigation of an illegal action that he covered in his blog?
If no, then why should the establishment press be treated as though its journalists are above the law?
If yes, then Mafia Dons, drug dealers and other miscreants may soon start blogs. I would if I were one.