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"Atrios writes that he 'really doesn't understand' Time magazine's decision to turn over confidential material revealing reporter Matt Cooper's source(s) in the Plame case," writes David Corn. "Atrios is being somewhat facetious, for he then does explain what is indeed wrong with this decision:

'You see, the way this works is that it allows our media to collectively pretend that Cooper was a stand up journalist fighting to preserve his source anonymity until the very end while letting his employer, Time Magazine, bail him out.'
But Atrios leaves out one possible factor in this decision. Time would probably have faced a daily fine of $1000 or more. If Cooper was sent to jail for 120 days or so--which seems to be the likely length-- this would add up. Handing over the docs will save Time a chunk of change." (DavidCorn)

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