Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Bit more on Rove, Cooper and Plame....

From Publishers Lunch:

More on Pearlstine's Choice

The LAT has a fuller account of former Time Inc. editor-in-chief Norman Pearlstine's new book than yesterday's Radar piece.

Tim Rutten writes that "Pearlstine's rationale for this decision [to turn over Matt Cooper's notes to Plame prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald], which he forthrightly admits was rejected by nearly all his journalistic colleagues, turns on a couple of very finely argued distinctions.

" Primarily, Pearlstine cites a "big difference between anonymous sources, whose identity we would pledge to keep out of our publications, and confidential sources, whose identity we would protect in the face of court orders and contempt citations.... Rove wasn't a confidential source because he hadn't asked to be one."

"Rutten calls it "a terrifically candid and genuinely fascinating book by a shrewd and vastly experienced journalist," but "at the end of the day, self-justification is the most deeply felt impulse in Pearlstine's account."



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