- Aug 25, 2005
Excellent analysis. Your point about the impact is very important. A newspaper that gives over information, or sources, to anyone who asks loses all credibility in ongoing investigations.Average Reds said:The media's job is to report, not to prosecute or to assist in any sort of enforcement. I don't think there is any question that Bosch's notebook will contain information that will be damaging to a lot of people, and once you turn over the notebook, you lose control over that information. This would have a devastating impact on this organization's ability to perform any sort of investigative journalism in the future.
None of this even touches on the fact that MLB is a private organization and has no ability to compel production of sources or documents. Since it's not in their interests to cooperate with MLB, I can't for the life of me understand why the New Times wouldn't just tell MLB to take a hike.
There may be factors that I am unaware of that would change things, but the only way I could see the notebook being turned over is if the source asks the New Times to do so.
The New Times has gained a lot of respect for its investigation of Bosch. It could lose it in a hurry by giving in to MLB. And since the people who run New Times are respected newsmen, that's just not going to happen.
As you say, MLB isn't the government and can't take New Times to court. The FBI could. It is lurking around the corners of this scandal. But after failing in court with Clemens and Bonds, it may not want to pursue A-Rod to the max.
I could see A-Rod breaking down like James Cagney in White Heat. Top of the world, mom!