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Steve Lovelady, who worked as a Time Inc. editor-at-large for Pearlstine, was dismayed by his former boss' decision. “The implications of his decision are grave for journalism in general and especially problematic for journalists at Time Inc.,” he says. In a blisteringly critical piece shortly after the decision was announced, Lovelady, who is now managing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review Daily, wrote that Pearlstine “has joined that select handful of people who know with assurance precisely how the first sentence of their obituary is going to read.”

Central as it has become to his life and career, at its outset Pearlstine failed to fully understand the ramifications of the legal drama in which he would play such a decisive role. “When the special counsel was named, I didn't have much appreciation for the kind of case this was going to be or how we might get involved,” he recalls. Even after Time correspondent Cooper was subpoenaed, Pearlstine says he thought the case was still “a kind of routine inquiry that we would resist and that would go away.” It soon became clear to Pearlstine and others just how persistent and far-reaching the probe would become. Days after Pearlstine made his decision, in July 2005, to hand over Cooper's notes to the grand jury, New York Times reporter Judith Miller was jailed for her refusal to comply with a similar order.
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