Full Disclosure - Bring on the press revelations. By Christopher Hitchens

Monday, July 10, 2006
Full Disclosure - Bring on the press revelations. By Christopher Hitchens: "A letter from the various deans of American journalism schools, published in the 'Outlook' section of Sunday's Washington Post, neatly illustrates some of the false antitheses. Making a strong case for the right of disclosure and the pitfalls of prior restraint, the signatories nonetheless feel obliged to stipulate an instance where 'national security' should have trumped the initial disclosure itself. Can you guess the example they used? It was obviously wrong, they say, for Robert Novak to have revealed the identity of Valerie Plame!

This is both ridiculous and suicidal. It appears to admit that there is a case for self-muzzling by the media but only in a case where the nation's security was not endangered."

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