Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Oh Martha, where art thou?

Unfortunately, this is true: These days, a big cross-section of the U.S. public will take pleasure in seeing Matt & Judy – or any journalists – hauled off to the pokey.

There is no federal right to keep sources confidential. There should be a federal shield law, but there isn’t one now and there won’t be one in the near future. So what Matt and Judy are doing by refusing to testify amounts to civil disobedience. That's dramatic, but kind of abstract. It's no Martha Stewart redemption arc, with a humbling fall from grace and a TV series at the end - just a standoff over vital principles that the public seems not to care much about.