Apparently they didn’t like the idea of one of their reporters going to jail for protecting a source who either mistakenly or purposefully outed a live CIA agent.
Reuters with the scoopage:
“The suggestion that there was any corporate influence is ridiculous,” Pearlstine said in an interview with Reuters, adding that he had complete editorial independence and had made his decision on the grounds that journalists are no more above the law than anybody else.
“Once the Supreme Court had spoken … we had no choice but to adhere to the law,” he said. Pearlstine said he believed the decision would remove the need for Cooper to testify “and certainly removes any justification for incarceration.”
Yeah, blame it on the Supreme Court…