A Matt Cooper rerun

Like I said, it's Matt Cooper all over again, i.e. a journalist doing his/her best to stand on non-existent principle:


Mr. Libby's lawyer, Joseph Tate, said last night that the breakthrough began around Labor Day, when he got a call from Mr. Bennett, who asked first whether Mr. Libby's waiver -- offered more than a year earlier -- had been voluntary. Assured that it had been, Mr. Bennett conveyed that news to Ms. Miller, and then called back to say that Ms. Miller wanted to hear it directly from Mr. Libby.
At Mr. Bennett's request, Mr. Fitzgerald agreed to provide a letter saying that if Ms. Miller and Mr. Libby talked on the phone, the special prosecutor wouldn't consider it obstruction of justice. The call -- with Ms. Miller, Mr. Libby, Mr. Bennett and Mr. Tate taking part -- occurred on Sept. 19. Ms. Miller told Mr. Libby simply that "I wanted you to tell me personally" that his waiver was voluntary. "Why didn't somebody call us?" Mr. Tate asked.
Mr. Libby also expressed surprise that Ms. Miller had been holding out for his sake. Mr. Libby and his lawyer had assumed that Ms. Miller had been protecting other sources. Mr. Tate, in a brief telephone interview last night, added that Mr. Libby has testified already to the grand jury about his conversation with Ms. Miller. He declined to discuss specifics, but noted that his side hasn't heard from prosecutors in more than a year. Mr. Tate previously has said that Mr. Libby has not been told that he's a target of the investigation. [LINK]
Since journalistic integrity -- however misplaced -- can no longer be the reason for Ms. Miller's prison jaunt, the question remains: why she didn't she talk then and why is she talking now? Let the conspiracy theories begin.

P.S. Though it is a little amusing to see Miller and Cooper being made to look stupid by the very White House that they tried so hard to appease out of fear of losing their privileged access.

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