Karl Rove more than a source

Martin Schram argues that the journalists who promised Karl Rove confidentiality in the Valerie Plame case should not have promised to “not to link their source with the White House. But this was a story where agencies were accusing each other of screwing up. We shouldn’t trade the right to say where our source works for the thrill of talking to a top person _ especially when he wants desperately to talk to (see also: manipulate) us. When a source is a central player-plotter (like Rove), we have a special obligation to try to put his role on the record.”

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