We won’t even dare try to summarize all of the Libby coverage this morning (for that, go here).
Howard Kurtz chimes in and has this to say:
The case, in which special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald forced journalists to testify by using the threat of prison, was also a setback for media arguments that such testimony jeopardizes important newsgathering. “We do not think that what Libby was telling reporters was whistle-blowing,” Fitzgerald said yesterday, adding that subpoenaing journalists “should be a last resort.”
The one plus for the media in Libby’s conviction involved Tim Russert, NBC’s Washington bureau chief, since the case turned on his credibility. The Libby defense was built around his contention that he learned about CIA operative Valerie Plame from Russert and, therefore, believed it was widely known, but the “Meet the Press” host insisted that it never came up in their conversation. The jury believed Russert.
The searing spotlight on how reporters do their jobs was less than flattering. Miller said she lost one of her notebooks and couldn’t remember the names of the other sources she said had told her about Plame. Former Time correspondent Matt Cooper, who wrote a piece questioning whether the administration had “declared war” on Wilson, had trouble deciphering his own notes. Bob Woodward, the Washington Post editor and author, apologized to his boss for failing to disclose for more than two years that former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage had told him about Plame.