This is pretty amazing:
Lawyers for NBC News reporter Tim Russert suspected in the spring of 2004 that his testimony could snare Vice President Cheney’s top aide, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, in a lie and Russert resisted testifying at the time about private conversations with Libby, according to court papers released yesterday.
Russert was aware that a special prosecutor probing the leak of a CIA operative’s name knew of his summer 2003 telephone conversation with Libby, and that Libby had released him from any promise of confidentiality. But Russert, the Washington bureau chief for NBC News and host of “Meet the Press,” and his attorneys argued in previously sealed court filings in June 2004 that he should not have to tell a grand jury about that conversation, because it would harm Russert’s relationship with other sources.
Forget about what he knew. Forget about his refusing to testify or resisting testifying. What pisses me off is that he conducted dozens of shows and who knows how many interviews while pretending to know nothing about what was going on.
Someone convene a panel on blogger ethics. Tom Maguire is going to be an interesting read today.