The First Amendment is not designed to protect the government from accountability.
“This case is not about a whistle-blower,” Fitzgerald added. “It’s about potential retaliation against a whistle-blower.” As Judith Miller’s attorneys attempt to portray her jailing as a threat to freedom of the press and the ability of journalist’s to expose government corruption, it’s important to remember the words of Mr. Fitzgerald. She is covering up for government corruption, not working to expose it.
[. . .] The difference is as clear as night and day. Exposing corruption. Complicit in corruption.
The sentencing of Judith Miller to jail for refusing to disclose her sources is the direct result of the culture of unaccountability that infects the Bush White House from top to bottom. President Bush’s refusal to enforce his own call for full cooperation with the Special Counsel has brought us to this point. Clearly, the conspiracy to cover up the web of lies that underpinned the invasion of Iraq is more important to the White House than coming clean on a serious breach of national security.
“Rove” is not the journalists’ source. “Rove” is a high government official who abused his power in order to intimidate a whistle-blower, because he didn’t like what Wilson wrote in the New York Times.