When the Public’s Right to Know Conflicts with the News Media’s Self-Interest

According to Reuters, President Bush has “sought a lawyer” to possibly represent him during an ongoing government probe to find out who told major new organizations that Valerie Plame served with the CIA.

A lot of fuss is being made so we can learn something — the leaker’s name — that should and could have been revealed months ago. The major news organizations know how they learned what they reported, but they refuse to tell.

Some journalists they are! Whatever happened to the public’s right to know? I guess that is limited to occasions in which the news media finds it convenient to its own self-interest.

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