With mounting frustration and a hint of anger, a federal judge said at a hearing Wednesday that he would send two reporters to jail in one week if they did not agree to testify before a grand jury about their confidential sources in the meantime.
Lawyers for the reporters, Judith Miller of The New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine, said their clients would accept jail time rather than testify.
Mr. Bennett, too, said there was something curious about the case.
"It's a big step," he said, "to put two people in jail who have committed no crime and who have been caught in what Your Honor has publicly referred to as 'a perfect storm.' " Judge Hogan made that comment in a speech in Montana in April, according to news reports.
Rush, as usual, said it best yesterday when he opined that the media is getting what they deserve since they have celebrated the erosian of other first amendment freedoms. They backed Campaign Finance Reform and the love the court's chic re-evaluation of the establishment clause. It was only a matter of time before freedom of the press meant whatever the court wanted it to mean.
Good work, gatekeepers for all you've done!