Here’s an outstanding example of a story that has enormous implications for our domestic war on terror, but that gets little play in mainstream media.
As developments in the affair involving Amb. Joseph Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame proceed, a true media dilemna arises.
Plame’s identity as a CIA operative was alledgedly disclosed to the media by White House staffers and an independant counsel has been appointed to determine how this came about and if any laws were broken. It is a violation of the law to break the cover of covert operatives and suspicion has fallen on Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby.
National security issues are certainly in play when CIA personnel identities are compromised. It not only has an obvious effect on the person involved, it also risks revealing sources and methods that can harm operations and other people known to associate with the outed agent. But courts forcing reporters to reveal their sources presents a sticky situation for first amendment advocates and must be dealt with carefully. In this case, however, it could be argued that this is not a case of a reporter and his source, but a political propagandist planting a story with a press accomplice in violation of the law.
The first amendment is on shaky ground in Sin City as “…singer Linda Ronstadt not only got booed, she got the boot after praising filmmaker Michael Moore and his new movie “Fahrenheit 9/11″ during a performance.”
And if it isn’t bad enough that the events in this story demonstrate a disdain for free expression, there is an element of “blame the victim” behavior as well.
Ronstadt’s comments drew loud boos, and some of the 4,500 people in attendance stormed out of the theater. People also tore down concert posters and tossed cocktails into the air.
So a bunch of intolerant and disrespectful audience members engage in acts of vandalism and the Alladin punishes the artist who is the victim of their criminal behavior.
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