Pillow Fluffing Plain and Fancy
Apparently some members of the media are upset that the administration is actively pursuing some in the media for reporting stories that are classified. The reporters don’t always seem to get the facts that they get through legal means. When laws are broken and crimes are committed the legal authorities will actively pursue the case and attempt prosecution.
When a reporter is given information that an individual has that is classified that person (the reporter thinks of that person as a source) has committed a crime. There are rules and laws protecting classified information. Losing control of that information on purpose or by accident is a crime.
There is nothing magical about the reporter that makes disclosing classified information acceptable. The reporter is a participant in that crime.
It’s one thing for a reporter to follow a political candidate who told the reporters to follow him if they thought he as having an extramarital affair, and then witnessing the candidate enter and leave a hotel with a woman who was not his wife (does this remind anyone of Gary Hart). That is reporting and that information is available for public consumption.
When a State Department employee has access to classified material and shares that classified material with a reporter that information is stolen property and is not available for public consumption. The State Department employee and the reporter committed crimes.
That act is not protected by the First Amendment.
Maureen Dowd said this in her recent column:
“So why don’t they back off Risen? It’s hard to fathom how the president who started with the press fluffing his pillows has ended up trying to suffocate the press with those pillows.”
Started with the press fluffing his pillows is an interesting statement. I agree with it because the press did everything they could to get him elected. They abandoned the Public Watchdog position they should have maintained and they fluffed his pillows for the low information voters.
The administration is not trying to suffocate the media when they investigate violations of the law. Leaking classified information is a serious offense. It must be prosecuted and the violators must lose access to any further classified material.
That’s what is most disturbing to me. The media doesn’t see how that is a criminal act, and the media thinks it deserves special treatment for fluffing the administrations pillows.
Here’s what I want to media to understand.
A crime is a crime and must be investigated and prosecuted.
Leaking classified material to a reporter is still a crime. The reporter is violating the law when they receive and publicize classified information and protecting the source of that leak is obstruction of justice.
When you fluff the pillows of a political candidate you are not serving as the public watchdog. Voters expect to get the truth from an unbiased media. Find the truth and the facts and report them.
The media is out of touch with why we have a First Amendment. It’s to share the truth. Feel free to report your opinion but make sure you let everyone know it’s your opinion not the facts.
The media has not been serving its intended purpose for a long time. I hope they learn from their mistakes and correct themselves soon.