Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Dumb: Today's nutty statement of the day comes courtesy of The Washington Post's Bob Woodward. In an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live," Woodward offered to serve part of New York Times reporter Judith Miller's time for contempt of court as a show of solidarity.
WOODWARD: I would have done it, too. And in fact, you know, maybe I shouldn't say this, but I will ...
KING: Go ahead.
WOODWARD: ... because it came to mind: If the judge would permit it, I would go serve some of her jail time, because I think the principle is that important, and it should be underscored. It's not a casual idea that we have confidential sources. It is absolutely vital. And I'll bet there are all kinds of reporters out there, if we could divvy up this four-month jail sentence -- I suspect the judge would not permit that, but if he would, I'll be first in line. It's that important to our business.
Bob, the judge hasn't tossed Miller in jail because he hates journalists. She's in jail in an attempt to get her to name her source. Turning her jail time into some sort of quasi-fund-raising gimmick where journalists gain 1 point of credibility with the American public for every day a reporter spends in jail is dumb.
If I were the judge (and it's a good thing I'm not), I'd invite Woodward to spend a week in jail just for that statement.
Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.