Monday, June 11, 2007

News: Scooter committed "perjury"

I have a different feeling about Libby. His "perjury"--not telling the truth about which reporters he talked to--would never be considered significant enough to reach trial, much less sentencing, much less time in stir if he weren't Dick Cheney's hatchet man. ...

But jail time? Do we really want to spend our tax dollars keeping Scooter Libby behind bars? I don't think so. This "perjury" case only exists because of his celebrity.

-- Joe Klein, "journalist."


Steve Smith said...

"Journalist?" Please define.

Plotinus said...

Good idea.

Bierce provides a good start. He defines a reporter as "A writer who guesses his way to the truth and dispels it with a tempest of words." And he defines truth as "an ingenious compound of desirability and appearance."

Plotinus said...

How about: an aspiring novelist whose day job consists in finding news and burying it under narrative devices?

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