Washington journalism under fire

Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin argues that “Washington journalism” is on trial alongside I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Jr., who was indicted for allegedly leaking sensitive information about CIA employee Valerie Plame. Washington’s press corps is coming under fire as the pervasiveness of reporters giving powerful politicians anonymity is being highlighted at Libby’s trial. Froomkin argues doling out anonymity compromises the crucial role of watchdog that journalists play in society.