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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 02, 2014 Supreme Court Rejects Appeal From Times Reporter Over Refusal to Identify Source
QUOTE: The Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from James Risen, a reporter for The New York Times facing jail for refusing to identify a confidential source....The case arose from a subpoena to Mr. Risen seeking information about his source for a chapter of his 2006 book, “State of War.” Prosecutors say they need Mr. Risen’s testimony to prove that the source was Jeffrey Sterling, a former C.I.A. official.
New York Times Oct 19, 2013 Scientific research has changed the world. Now it needs to change itself
QUOTE: Too many of the findings that fill the academic ether are the result of shoddy experiments or poor analysis (see article). A rule of thumb among biotechnology venture-capitalists is that half of published research cannot be replicated. Even that may be optimistic.
Economist Apr 28, 2013 Erasing History
QUOTE: The arrest story was obviously true when it was first published. But Connecticut’s erasure law has already established that truth can be fungible. Martin, her suit says, was “deemed never to have been arrested.” And therefore the news story had metamorphosed into a falsehood.
New York Times Apr 07, 2013 The Slow Death of the American Author
QUOTE: The value of copyrights is being quickly depreciated, a crisis that hits hardest not best-selling authors like me, who have benefited from most of the recent changes in bookselling, but new and so-called midlist writers....Many people would say such changes are simply in the nature of markets, and see no problem if authors are left to write purely for the love of the game. But what sort of society would that be?
New York Times Mar 13, 2013 Death to Whistle-Blowers? (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: ...Private Manning still faces trial on the most serious charges, including the potential capital offense of “aiding the enemy” — though the prosecution is not seeking the death penalty in this case, “only” a life sentence. If successful, the prosecution will establish a chilling precedent: national security leaks may subject the leakers to a capital prosecution or at least life imprisonment. Anyone who holds freedom of the press dear should shudder at the threat that the prosecution’s theory presents to journalists, their sources and the public that relies on them.
New York Times Dec 13, 2012 DealBook Conference Was Impressive, Lucrative and Chummy
QUOTE: Here is what the conference did not have going for it: A great deal of distance between sources and those who cover them — something traditionally thought to be a bedrock journalistic idea....DealBook – a blog and print section dedicated to coverage of mergers and acquisitions and other related subjects — is something of an oddity at The Times. A rainmaker for the company, it has garnered its share of critics who see it as too soft on its sources.
New York Times Mar 28, 2012 The reason I'm helping Chris Hedges' lawsuit against the NDAA: By placing journalists in jeopardy for reporting on 'terrorists', the Homeland Battlefield Bill has had a chilling effect on media work
QUOTE: I believe part of my job involves meeting with, discussing ideas with, and publishing stories about persons and groups who have, or are under threat of being, labeled a terrorist or terrorist group. My understanding of the [NDAA] bill, however, has forced me to decline to meet with certain newsworthy individuals, and groups of people, for fear that my communications with them and publishing articles on these individuals could be considered to be providing material support to a terrorist or terrorist organization.
Guardian Unlimited Jul 06, 2011 How Did News of the World Hack Victims' Cell Phones?
QUOTE: The alleged actions of the tabloid's cell phone-hacking employees may beggar belief, Kevin Mahaffey, co-founder and CTO of mobile security firm Lookout, told PC Mag Wednesday. But their techniques for accessing other people's private mail boxes were probably very simple.
PC Magazine Jul 02, 2011 Surrounded by Opinion, the Times Raises Its Voices
QUOTE: Sunday Review, by contrast, is produced by the editorial department, with opinion material now dominant. The news department contributes, edits its own articles and collaborates as the junior partner. With their work mixed for the first time, the editorial and news departments must now work together every week. It’s a major change in a culture that has taken pains to keep the two immaculately separate.
New York Times Jun 19, 2011 Ugly Details in Selling Newspapers
QUOTE: James O’Shea, the former editor in chief of The Los Angeles Times, found a classic of the genre in the course of reporting out “The Deal From Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers,” his deep dive into the two deals that tipped over the companies that owned, among many other newspapers, The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune.
New York Times Apr 25, 2011 Why I am suing Washington City Paper
QUOTE: Simply put, this lawsuit is about the truth — and the need to correct the record, even when you are a public figure, when your character and integrity are falsely and recklessly attacked.
Washington Post Apr 23, 2011 Picking On the Competition
QUOTE: It’s unseemly and makes The Times, which is viewed as journalism’s top dog, look like a bully. It’s clear, as well, that some readers expect The Times to apply the same laser-like focus to itself, which doesn’t seem to happen much.
New York Times Apr 22, 2011 Lies and Videotape (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: For most authoritarian states, state news media, especially television, have helped leaders stay in power by creating a parallel reality for their populations and depriving dissenters of a wider audience.
New York Times Mar 20, 2011 In Britain, Curbing Lawsuits Over Libel
QUOTE: “The government’s draft defamation bill is a big step forward toward ending the practice of libel tourism, which has led our courts to silence free speech around the world,” said John Kampfner, chief executive of Index on Censorship. “But without action to reduce the cost of a libel trial, reform will protect the free speech of some, but costs will silence others.”
New York Times Jan 03, 2011 A Clear Danger to Free Speech
QUOTE: THE so-called Shield bill, which was recently introduced in both houses of Congress in response to the WikiLeaks disclosures, would amend the Espionage Act of 1917 to make it a crime for any person knowingly and willfully to disseminate, “in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States,” any classified information “concerning the human intelligence activities of the United States.” Although this proposed law may be constitutional as applied to government employees who unlawfully leak such material to people who are unauthorized to receive it, it would plainly violate the First Amendment to punish anyone who might publish or otherwise circulate the information after it has been leaked.
New York Times Jun 09, 2010 Las Vegas Review-Journal bares its claws: The newspaper has filed lawsuits against more than 30 websites and blogs it says used its works without permission. So what is fair use? (On the Media)
QUOTE: Newspaper people believe their cash-starved profession might be saved if only they could corral and get paid for all the content they create. Internet people believe the Web is a giant free-form party that boundaries and rules just might kill.
Los Angeles Times Apr 08, 2010 Complicating Relationships in Media: Apple, NY Times Dealings Raise Questions
QUOTE: By appearing on stage at the Apple event and by launching an iPad app that the Times wants to monetize in every possible way — an app from which Apple will likely make money as well — the Times is becoming more of a business partner with a company it covers incessantly.
MediaActive Apr 02, 2010 The End of History (Books)
QUOTE: In order for electronic books to live up to their billing, we have to fix a system that is broken: getting permission to use copyrighted material in new work. Either we change the way we deal with copyrights — or works of nonfiction in a multimedia world will become ever more dull and disappointing.
New York Times Mar 19, 2010 A Supersized Custody Battle Over Marvel Superheroes
QUOTE: conflict between intellectual property lawyers and media companies that, in Mr. Toberoff’s view, have made themselves vulnerable by building franchises atop old creations. So-called branded entertainment — anything based on superheroes, comic strips, TV cartoons or classic toys — may be easier to sell to audiences, but the intellectual property may also ultimately belong in full or in part to others.
New York Times Oct 28, 2009 Germany Looks at Ways to Protect Online Journalism
QUOTE: The new governing coalition [in Germany], led by Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democrats and including the Free Democratic Party, has pledged to create a new kind of copyright to protect online journalism.
New York Times Oct 03, 2009 Will Books Be Napsterized? (Digital Domain)
QUOTE: With the new devices [electronic readers] in hand, will book buyers avert their eyes from the free copies only a few clicks away that have been uploaded without the copyright holder’s permission?
New York Times Sep 05, 2009 AP Photo of Dying Marine Criticized: Gates Decries Decision to Distribute Image Despite Family's Protests
QUOTE: The controversy [the Associated Press deciding to distribute a photograph of a mortally wounded Marine in Afghanistan over the objections of the Marine's father] goes to the heart of one of the most sensitive realms of war coverage: the public portrayal of the wounded and the dead.
Washington Post Sep 04, 2009 GQ’s Provocative Article on Russia Will Be Hard to Find in Russia
QUOTE: Condé Nast, publisher of GQ, decided not to send copies of the magazine to Russia, to post the article [that criticizes the Russian government] on GQ’s Web site or to include a translated version of it in any of the four magazines it owns in Russia...
New York Times Aug 06, 2009 Is free news a thing of the past?
QUOTE: The media tycoon [Rupert Murdoch] has said his News Corp will charge online customers for news content across all its websites.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Jul 29, 2009 Unpopular Science
QUOTE: The problem with the decline of science journalism is not just that there is less attention overall to science; it's that the remaining science coverage is less illuminating. Instead, it indulges in a variety of journalistic pathologies that thwart an improved public understanding of science.
Nation Jul 12, 2009 Web Traffic (or Lack of) May Be a Reason for a Columnist’s Dismissal
QUOTE: The Washington Post indicated that a slump in visitors to Mr. Froomkin’s well-known Web column, White House Watch, contributed to its decision not to renew his contract in June.
New York Times Jul 09, 2009 European Publishers Call on E.U. to Protect Copyright
QUOTE: Leading European newspaper and magazine publishers on Thursday called on the European Commission to strengthen copyright protection... The publishers said widespread use of their work by online news aggregators and other Web sites was undermining their efforts to develop an online business models...
New York Times Jul 02, 2009 Pay-for-Chat Plan Falls Flat at Washington Post
QUOTE: The [Washington] Post decided Thursday to cancel plans to charge lobbyists and trade groups $25,000 or more to sponsor private, off-the-record dinner parties at the home of its publisher...
New York Times Jun 23, 2009 Threat Level Privacy, Crime and Security Online AP Issues Strict Facebook, Twitter Guidelines to Staff
QUOTE: The Associated Press is adopting a stringent social-networking policy for its employees, informing them to police their Facebook profiles... The News Media Guild, representing about 1,000 AP journalists, says the AP’s policy is perhaps the most restrictive the union has seen.
Wired Jun 14, 2009 Use Their Work Free? Some Artists Say No to Google
QUOTE: While some online publications, like Salon and Slate, hire illustrators, many rely on free or cheap stock illustrations, so illustrators are on tenterhooks about making a living online...“When a company like Google comes out very publicly and expects that the market would just give them free artwork, it sets a very dangerous precedent.”
New York Times May 31, 2009 Media Cache: The Scoop That Changed Parliament, and News
QUOTE: “When papers pay for documentary information it is very different to paying for an interview, where money can encourage overstatement and even falsehood,” wrote Roy Greenslade, a media commentator...”
New York Times May 28, 2009 Collusion Course: Does today's hush-hush meeting of newspaper executives violate antitrust law?
QUOTE: Antitrust law is complicated, but one principle is very simple: Competitors cannot get together and agree on price or the terms on which they will offer their services to their customers.
Slate Oct 15, 2008 Online Watchdog Sniffs for Media Bias
QUOTE: the future of truth-squadding may lie. Any attempt to judge news articles could rely on experts, a broad audience of readers or a set of formulas. SpinSpotter combines all three, but for now the formulas are still being adjusted, the audience is not yet big enough, and it remains to be seen how unbiased or effective the experts are.
New York Times Jun 16, 2008 The Associated Press to Set Guidelines for Using Its Articles in Blogs
QUOTE: The Associated Press, one of the nation’s largest news organizations, said that it will, for the first time, attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt without infringing on The A.P.’s copyright.
New York Times Apr 08, 2008 Media giants start whisper campaign to kill Fair Use
QUOTE: The big media companies are trying to convince the world's governments that the USA's statutory exceptions to copyright (embodied in Fair Use) are so broad that they violate the centuries-old Berne Convention, a widely adopted copyright treaty.
Boing Boing Feb 09, 2008 A Tight Grip Can Choke Creativity
QUOTE: [Rowling] is essentially claiming that....no one else can use [her characters] without her permission....copyright holders have tried to impose rules on the rest of us — through threats and litigation — that were never intended to be part of copyright law...
New York Times Jan 12, 2008 Unmuzzling High School Journalists
QUOTE: Definitive statistics on trends in high school censorship are hard to come by, but anecdotal data suggest that many principals have exploited the advantage [that a 1988 Suprme Court ruling, which upheld a principal's right to censor the high school newspaper] gave them.
Washington Post Dec 19, 2007 F.C.C. Reshapes Rules Limiting Media Industry
QUOTE: One rule would tighten the reins on the cable television industry. By stipulating that no one company can control more than 30 percent of the market, the rule introduces fresh regulation to an industry where there has been little of it, angering both the cable industry and Republican commissioners, who favor a free-market approach.
New York Times Nov 05, 2007 Protesting Demeaning Images in Media
QUOTE: The rallies are taking place as civil rights leaders, cultural critics and others use the moment to debate how to represent the diversity of black life while minimizing offensive words and images. A big issue is the distinction between standards and censorship. Some charge that what Enough Is Enough does is censorship.
New York Times Oct 15, 2007 What Do Herbert and Marion Sandler Want? Investigating the funders of ProPublica, the new investigative journalism outfit.
QUOTE: ProPublica's Web site claims that the business crisis in publishing has put a crimp in investigative units across the land, and philanthropy is needed to fill the gap....What do the Sandlers want for their millions? Perhaps to return us to the days of the partisan press.
Slate Sep 06, 2007 U.S. DOJ Wary of Net Neutrality; Prioritization Of Certain Content May Actually Be 'Procompetitive'
QUOTE: The Department stated that “precluding broadband providers from charging content and application providers directly for faster or more reliable service could shift the entire burden of implementing costly network expansions and improvements onto consumers. If the average consumer is unwilling or unable to pay more for broadband Internet access, the result could be to reduce or delay critical network expansion and improvement.”
Forbes Aug 17, 2007 U.S. News's College Rankings Face Competition and Criticism
QUOTE: the magazine's annual list ranking the nation's four-year colleges and universities has become the center of a lucrative and controversial market of guides aimed at helping students determine where to apply.
Washington Post Jul 26, 2007 Hearst Continues Pursuit Of Names of Steroids Users
QUOTE: The Hearst Corporation... is suing the federal government to reveal the names of dozens of current and former major league baseball players who may have been provided performance-enhancing drugs...
New York Times Jul 16, 2007 Black's conviction presents latest deterrent against CEO misdeeds: Former Hollinger CEO Conrad Black was convicted on three counts of mail fraud plus obstructing justice.
QUOTE: The message of the Enron era is still resonating for top executives: If you defraud your company, you could pay a big price. A jury in Chicago amplified that warning Friday, convicting newspaper publisher Conrad Black of looting his media empire and carting away evidence.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 13, 2007 Blair Likens News Media to 'Feral Beast': British Leader Says Competition Has Pushed Press to Focus on the Sensational
QUOTE: the news media, driven by increasing competition and pressure from fast-changing technology .... "saps the country's confidence and self-belief," [Prime Minister Tony Blair] said. "It undermines its assessment of itself, of institutions, and above all, it reduces our capacity to take the right decisions in the right spirit for our future."
Washington Post May 29, 2007 Can What You're Reading Prove Intent to Commit a Crime?
QUOTE: Providing an example of the line that the majority was seeking to draw, Trott's majority opinion states: "[A] book such as The Great Train Robbery would not necessarily be relevant and admissible in a run-of-the-mill theft case. On the other hand, if the crime charged happened to be theft of a money shipment from a train, then possession of the book might possibly be relevant -- depending upon the precise facts and circumstances of the case."
Law.com May 19, 2007 Page Six, Staple of Gossip, Reports on Its Own Tale
QUOTE: In what some saw as a move to pre-empt the story, Page Six itself revealed each salacious accusation of Mr. Spiegelman’s, point by point. Several of the points flatly denied elements of Mr. Spiegelman’s assertions; some confirmed at least portions of them; others simply listed the allegations without denials or confirmations.
New York Times May 01, 2007 Tribune Deal Makes Zell Ace of Tax Dodgers
QUOTE: the pending sale of Tribune Co., the big media firm in which the Chandlers are the largest shareholders, exploits a loophole so gaping that we taxpayers can only pray that someone closes it quickly. But it's not the Chandlers, media magnates (L.A. Times, Newsday, the Baltimore Sun), whose shenanigans I've tracked for 15 years, who are dodging taxes here. It's Sam Zell, the Chicago real-estate mogul who's buying control of Tribune.
Washington Post Apr 23, 2007 Rancor Rises Over Santa Barbara Newspaper
QUOTE: An ugly conflict involving a wealthy local publisher turned even uglier Sunday as The Santa Barbara News-Press published a front-page article suggesting that the paper’s former editor had kept child pornography on his work computer, a claim that the editor promptly denounced as “malicious.”
New York Times Mar 19, 2007 U.S. Seeks Rehiring of Reporters Fired in Newspaper Labor Fight
QUOTE: an N.L.R.B. lawyer, Brian Gee, wrote that after an investigation, he believed that The News-Press had violated a series of labor laws, including firing the reporters “because of their union or other protected” activities. Management had said the reporters were fired for disloyalty and biased reporting.
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