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Monday, December 20, 2004
 

Shafer not apoplectic over hacks in clink


A somewhat hysterical Dionne op-ed in the Post leaves Jack Shafer underwhelmed.

I've had occasion (on June 2, in fact) to mention Humbert Wolfe's famous lines:
You cannot hope to bribe or twist
(Thank God!) the British journalist.
But, seeing what the man will do
Unbribed, there’s no occasion to.

On the evidence of the last four years, there is no need for USG to have journos put in jail in order to get coverage which, through negligence if not intentional fawning, secures pretty much all its objectives PR-wise.

What odds on the Thomas Dewey-style prosecutorial prancing of Patrick Fitzgerald becoming old in rather short order? (As I understand it, if the grand jury disbands before the Supremes have the chance to decide an appeal in the Judith Miller/Matthew Cooper case, or to decline certioriari at least, the contempt becomes moot (if that's the word).)

Are there Bernard Kerik-style skeletons in Fitzgerald's cupboard? Does the White House have a clue on the subject?


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