For his final 18 months as White House press secretary, Scott McClellan was regularly peppered by the media for comment about allegations that Karl Rove leaked material relating to the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame. McClellan’s regular response: he couldn’t comment while an investigation was proceeding, and the truth would come out at trial. This non-response response persuaded few in the White House press corps, which understood that McClellan’s procedural gambit was nothing more than an excuse to avoid discussing Rove’s conduct.
In this morning’s N&O, columnist Dennis Rogers sides with McClellan, and effectively says that the nation’s top journalists didn’t know what they were doing when they pressed McClellan for an opinion regarding the Plame inquiry. He says that the press and especially the bloggers (he joins Mike Nifong in denouncing the pernicious effects of the blogs) must remain “very, very quiet,” thereby “trusting American justice.” We must wait for the truth, muses
A few people in the contemporary climate have, indeed, claimed that the public and the press should remain silent as prosecutors have carte blanche to do as they please, regardless of the law or procedures. These people have, from time to time, included McClellan’s former superiors, and it seems as if, once again,
If we have any institution in this country that has a task of ferreting out "the painful truth in this country," it is the media. In his column,