Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It isn’t surprising that President Trump and his apologists are busy attacking the whistleblower report of alleged malfeasance by Mr. Trump and his aides that has triggered an impeachment inquiry in the House.
And it’s certainly fair to demand verification of the appalling charges he-or-she is making, beyond the acknowledged fact of the president seeking dirt on Joe Biden from a foreign government.
But one thing no responsible person with a clue should do is attack the whistleblower him-or-herself.
As the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, put it in his testimony yesterday, “we must protect those who demonstrate the courage to report alleged wrongdoing, whether on the battlefield or in the workplace.”
Because our freedom depends on the ability and willingness of people to report wrongdoing by government and the powerful, so that the checks and balances of our Constitution can work.
Think of any important news story you like – the government lying to us about Vietnam, the Catholic Church covering for child abusers, major corporations knowingly peddling poison to kids – and its disclosure traces back to a whistleblower or dime-dropper.
Pathetically, Mr. Trump doesn’t get it.
He calls the whistle blower “a spy,” and the media that report on his or her disclosures “scum.”
He might want to live in a world without checks on state power.
But do you?
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