I've been listening to a lot of NPR these days. I haven't always liked Mark Steiner, but I'm liking him a lot right now. In the past, I thought he came across as a know-it-all, but a good friend of mine bid to have lunch with him - and won. It cost her something like $180. I was flabbergasted and asked her why she would pay that much money to take minor celebrity out to lunch, and she told me that he's the one who first made her feel like she was part of Baltimore. Plus, she reminded me how pro-education he is. I've since listened to him in a new light, and like him a great deal. He really seems to listen to his guests, much like Terri Gross on "Fresh Air."
So today I was listening, and Laura Lippman was the guest. All I can say is that she impressed me so much that I went to Barnes and Noble while I was listening and bought one of her books - this one. All of her books take place in Baltimore and she also seems the type who would come in and speak with my students if I asked her. So I'm going to read a few of her books this summer. After Don Quixote, of course.
Later, I heard as many different versions of the Karl Rove leak story as I cared to hear. What a fascinating thing this is. The administration gets pissed at a diplomat for criticizing the war, so they leak to a reporter that the diplomat's wife is a CIA agent. I'm sure that this is going to be completely ignored by most of the press, like most anything else that goes against Bush. I'm sure our "liberal media" will report this story with as much gusto as the gay male prostitute sent in to lob softball questions at the WH spokesperson during press briefings, or Rove's heinous comments about liberals wanting to "understand" the enemy after 9-11 instead of retaliate. But, it is fascinating nonetheless. The White House has been denying for two years that it had anything to do with the leak, and now it appears they'll have egg on their face.
That being said, all signs point to Rove having some ethical strength by not allowing that reporter to go to jail, and coming forward and allowing his name to be put forth as a source. I'm not sure if this is how it will go down, but it seems to be the case that Rove didn't want the reporter to go to jail for his secrecy, so he came forward - something that was the right thing to do and may very well cost him his job (in the doubtful possibility that the press holds the White House accountable, that is).
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