Saturday, August 18, 2007

Wrong way to go

A New York ethics panel subpoenaed a reporter as part of its investigation into an alleged effort by some of Gov. Eliot Spitzer's aides to discredit the senate majority leader, James Bruno.

What an absolutely horrendous idea. Spitzer's guys may or may not have crossed the ethical line, but issuing a subpoena to a reporter in such a relatively minor investigation -- let's face it, national security is not at risk here -- will have such a chilling effect on reporters that a free press will become a cowed press.

Of course, that's what a lot of politicians and government officials -- maybe even members of the New York State Elections Commission -- would like to happen.

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