The press and government:
myriad 'messy' questions

The New York Times Magazine this week takes a look at "The Washington Back Channel" in a cover story by former Times editor Max Frankel. The piece probes journalism's "messy relations with officialdom," specifically how that has played out in the very public case of "Scooter" Libby and in a more macro (and micro) sense with every interaction that a free press has with government, the back and forth dance of secrets and sourcing. Frankel's conclusion? It's not perfect, but society needs to let the marketplace of information do its works and the justice system should back off.



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