This evening on “Showbiz Tonight,” I was pitted against radio talk show host Curtis Sliwa on the subject of Judith-Miller-in-jail. Here’s the transcript. It was so frustrating when Sliwa completely misconstrued the issue and asserted that Miller had broken the law!
|SLIWA: Lock her up, throw away the key. There she is, ‘Oh, do the Martha Stewart to me. Give me a bracelet, home detention. I won’t play with my computer.’|
Hey, it’s a law. You broke the law, pay the price, because then she’s going to go on tour. Every college she’ll be getting $50,000 a throw at every journalist school, because she’ll be their new Joan of Arc. Four months, that’s soft time. She’ll do that in a breeze.
|STELTER: Four months in the D.C. jail. They wouldn’t even let her go in home detention or to a women’s prison. Here’s the thing about Miller. She hasn’t been convicted of a crime. She hasn’t even been accused of a crime. She’s being held in civil contempt, because they want to coerce her into talking. It’s a damn shame.|
> Correction: Miller is across the Potomac in an Alexandria, VA jail, not a D.C. jail.