Franken Isn’t Funny

Last night’s gala celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press drew about 500 attendees, including some of the biggest names in journalism, and raised some $700,000 for the committee amid grave concerns about the state of press freedom in the United States. Editor and Publisher included this account of a bummer of a joke by “funnyman Al Franken.”

Then he turned toward The New York Times table in the front of the room, where sat Judith Miller, best known these days for two things: her articles on weapons of mass destruction that didn’t quite pan out and the possibility she will go to jail for not revealing sources in the Valerie Plame case. “Judy,”” Franken said, “maybe you can find some WMD in your cell.” Silence. “OK, I shouldn’t have told that joke.”