Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Libby defense tactic: attack journalism

Author Sidney Blumenthal on writes an insightful essay analyzing the peculiar defense used by Lewis "Scooter" Libby in his recent trial for perjury and obstruction of justice: attack journalism as false.
Libby was convicted.
His defense seems less peculiar in the context of the government's ongoing manipulation of and assault on the news media, but Blumenthal -- a former adviser to President Clinton -- succinctly summarizes closing arguments expressed by Libby's lawyers and the (Republican) prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
"This extraordinary defense -- that nothing in any newspaper can be considered true -- was the reductio ad absurdum of the Bush administration's use and abuse of the press corps," Blumenthal writes.
Read his entire piece:

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