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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: 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 Jul 24, 2012 First they came for Wikileaks, then the New York Times
QUOTE: There are signs that the U.S. government wants to target mainstream journalists and media outlets for the same kind of investigation that WikiLeaks has been subjected to for publishing classified information, which makes it even more important to defend WikiLeaks’ status as a media entity.
GigaOM Jun 26, 2012 How To Make a Viral Hit in Four Easy Steps: Want to know the secret to BuzzFeed’s monster online success? Click here!
QUOTE: Taking other people’s stuff as inspiration is a time-honored practice online. Bloggers do it every day, and most of them acknowledge the original source of whatever they’re writing about....Peretti wasn’t hiding the fact that Shepherd spotted the NedHardy post while making his list. Why not at least link to it?
Slate 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 Mar 18, 2012 Apple and the Daisey affair
QUOTE: The show, which cast a harsh light on the working conditions in the Chinese factories....We now know, thanks to follow-up reporting by Rob Schmitz at American Public Media's Marketplace, that Daisey's monologue -- as he reluctantly admits -- was a piece of theater, not a factual report.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 06, 2012 In today's warp-speed world, online missteps spread faster than ever
QUOTE: '"Everyone now has a global platform on which they can shout their opinions and voice their beliefs," says Frank Farley, a psychology professor at Temple University and former president of the American Psychological Association. But people haven't become more cautious about putting words out there, he adds -- even if they're wrong.'
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 25, 2012 In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad
QUOTE: workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in harsh conditions, according to employees inside those plants, worker advocates and documents published by companies themselves. Problems are as varied as onerous work environments and serious — sometimes deadly — safety problems....More than half of the suppliers audited by Apple have violated at least one aspect of the code of conduct every year since 2007, according to Apple’s reports, and in some instances have violated the law.
New York Times Dec 24, 2011 Pentagon Finds No Fault in Ties to TV Analysts
QUOTE: A Pentagon public relations program that sought to transform high-profile military analysts into “surrogates” and “message force multipliers” for the Bush administration complied with Defense Department regulations and directives....The inquiry confirmed that Mr. Rumsfeld’s staff frequently provided military analysts with talking points before their network appearances....four military analysts reported that they were ejected from Mr. Rumsfeld’s outreach program “because they were critical” of the Pentagon.
New York Times Nov 29, 2011 British Inquiry Is Told Hacking Is Worthy Tool
QUOTE: After Paul McMullan, a former deputy features editor at Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid, had finished his jaw-droppingly brazen remarks at a judicial inquiry on Tuesday, it was hard to think of any dubious news-gathering technique he had not confessed to...
New York Times Oct 26, 2011 When Secrets Aren’t Safe With Journalists (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: operational computer security is still not taught in most journalism schools, and poor data security practices remain widespread in news organizations....Until journalists take their security obligations seriously, it will be safer to leak something to WikiLeaks — or groups like it — than to the mainstream press.
New York Times May 21, 2011 The Gossip Machine, Churning Out Cash
QUOTE: This is how it works in the new world of round-the-clock gossip, where even a B-list celebrity’s tangle with the law can be spun into easy money, feeding the public’s seemingly bottomless appetite for dirt about the famous. A growing constellation of Web sites, magazines and television programs serve it up minute by minute, creating a river of cash for secrets of the stars, or near-stars.
New York Times Dec 01, 2010 How Lieberman Got Amazon To Drop Wikileaks
QUOTE: [Amazon's] terms of acceptable use include a ban on illegal activities (it's not yet clear whether Wikileaks has broken any laws) and content "that may be harmful to our users, operations, or reputation." It also prohibits using Amazon's servers "to violate the security or integrity of any network, computer or communications system," although Wikileaks obviously obtained the cables long before hopping on Amazon's servers.
Talking Points Memo (TPM) Jun 26, 2010 Gen. McChrystal allies, Rolling Stone disagree over article's ground rules
QUOTE: McChrystal had been relieved of his command, his 34-year military career in tatters...officials close to McChrystal began trying to salvage his reputation by asserting that the author, Michael Hastings, quoted the general and his staff in conversations that he was allowed to witness but not report.
Washington Post May 25, 2010 U.S. Heads a Cast of Villains in Pakistan’s Conspiracy Talk
QUOTE: Conspiracy theory is a national sport in Pakistan, where the main players — the United States, India and Israel — change positions depending on the ebb and flow of history. Since 2001, the United States has taken center stage, looming so large in Pakistan’s collective imagination that it sometimes seems to be responsible for everything that goes wrong here.
New York Times Aug 24, 2009 Journalists, Left Out of Debate: Few Americans Seem to Hear Health Care Facts (Media Notes)
QUOTE: The crackling, often angry debate over health-care reform has severely tested the media's ability to untangle a story of immense complexity.
Washington Post Aug 04, 2009 Medical Papers by Ghostwriters Pushed Therapy
QUOTE: Newly unveiled court documents show that ghostwriters paid by a pharmaceutical company played a major role in producing 26 scientific papers backing the use of hormone replacement therapy in women, suggesting that the level of hidden industry influence on medical literature is broader than previously known.
New York Times Jul 19, 2009 Wikipedia May Be a Font of Facts, but It’s a Desert for Photos
QUOTE: At a time when celebrities typically employ a team of professionals to control their images, Wikipedia is a place where chaos rules. Few high-quality photographs, particularly of celebrities, make it onto this site.
New York Times Jul 15, 2009 Media jostled for access to Sanford
QUOTE: National media blitzed Gov. Mark Sanford’s staff, offering big ratings and, possibly, a sympathetic venue in an effort to land the first interview with the governor after his six-day trip to Argentina.
Jul 12, 2009 How the Media Wrestle With the Web (Link by Link)
QUOTE: In short, where it involved describing the Neda video or repeating what was being reported from Tehran via blogs or Twitter, traditional news outlets were willing to recognize that what was appearing online was newsworthy — if only for the reactions it was causing among the public in Iran and abroad.
New York Times Jun 25, 2009 Why didn’t S.C. paper publish Sanford’s love letters sooner?
QUOTE: The [Palmetto] State [a South Carolina Newspaper] received the governor’s missives to his Argentine lover in an anonymous e-mail in December. ...questions about why South Carolina’s premier watchdog newspaper sat on the story since receiving the e-mails anonymously last December.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 15, 2008 At the Uneasy Intersection of Bloggers and the Law
QUOTE: A grand jury subpoena sent by prosecutors in the Bronx earlier this year sought information to help identify people blogging anonymously on a Web site about New York politics called Room 8. The subpoena carried a warning in capital letters that disclosing its very existence “could impede the investigation being conducted and thereby interfere with law enforcement” — implying that if the bloggers blabbed, they could be prosecuted.
New York Times Aug 30, 2007 For Idaho Paper And Reporter, Craig Story Posed a Moral Dilemma
QUOTE: The kind of dilemma facing the Statesman has played out repeatedly in recent years as news organizations have grappled with secondhand accounts about political figures and questionable sexual conduct.
Washington Post Aug 09, 2007 Did Soldier Fake Iraq Story for Magazine? The New Republic is standing by a disturbing account written by a GI in Iraq, even as the Army says the stories are not true.
QUOTE: while the Army announced this week it found no evidence to substantiate the misdeeds… The Weekly Standard, for its part, says most or all of the article is fabricated and accuses TNR editors of letting their bias against the war impair their judgment.
Newsweek 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 May 07, 2007 Journalists Intend to Sue Hewlett-Packard Over Surveillance
QUOTE: To try to uncover leaks from board members, private investigators examined the phone records of nine journalists who covered the company, as well as the records of some of their relatives. While the dispute revolves around the issue of how the journalists’ careers may have been damaged by having their phone records examined, the threat to sue also raises the question whether it is proper for a news organization or its reporters to sue a company they cover. It is certainly not common.
New York Times Oct 13, 2006 Prosecutors want reporters' hard drives (Police blotter)
QUOTE: Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett demands reporters' entire hard drives...Court denies attorney general's request, saying it would be too invasive and create a chilling effect for journalists.
News.com Sep 21, 2006 HP CEO Allowed 'Sting' of Reporter: HP CEO Allowed 'Sting' of Reporter
QUOTE: Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive Mark V. Hurd approved an elaborate "sting" operation on a reporter in February in an attempt to plug leaks to the media, according to an e-mail message sent by HP Chairman Patricia C. Dunn.
Washington Post Sep 14, 2006 HP board flap raises wider privacy issues: This week's top-level spying spat hits on a legal gray area.
QUOTE: Security firms hired by Hewlett-Packard had apparently used a dubious technique known as "pre-texting" - posing under false pretenses to obtain phone records of board members and news reporters
Christian Science Monitor Aug 02, 2006 N.Y. Times Must Surrender Reporters' Phone Data: Appellate Panel Rejects First Amendment Claim in Federal Grand Jury Probe
QUOTE: The New York Times may not withhold reporters' phone records from a federal grand jury investigating an alleged leak of a pending government raid on two Islamic charities suspected of supporting terrorism, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.
Washington Post Jul 31, 2006 Facts Refute Filmmaker's Assertions on Income Tax in 'America'
QUOTE: The film’s appeal...is not left or right, but concentrated among those who see the United States evolving into a police state ruled by an oligarchy that has tricked Americans into paying taxes...Early in the film Mr. Russo...asserts that every president since Woodrow Wilson and every member of Congress has perpetrated a hoax to tax people’s wages and issue them dubious currency.
New York Times Jul 24, 2006 The War of Images
QUOTE: the very technology that enables reporters to show footage of a Lebanese father soon after his young son has been killed by a bomb blast carries not just an emotional punch but the power to distort the overall picture.
Washington Post Jul 09, 2006 Death by Wikipedia: The Kenneth Lay Chronicles
QUOTE: Lay's death on Wednesday illustrates the problem, as chronicled by the Reuters news service, which watched the Wikipedia article on Lay evolve with alarming speed and wildly inaccurate reporting.
Washington Post Jun 06, 2006 No relief for reporters seeking to shield sources
QUOTE: Four journalists have lost their bid to reverse a judge's order to either disclose their confidential sources or face $500 per day in fines.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 25, 2006 A New Round of McCarthyism
QUOTE: Whether McCarthy is ultimately found to be one of Priest's sources is beside the point in terms of the larger debate. Priest assembled that story from sources with access to classified information, and they are all vulnerable to firing or prosecution
Washington Post Apr 12, 2006 On the Ethics of Gossip Columns: Can you do gossip journalism with ethical standards?
QUOTE: Most of the news items in gossip columns are attributed to anonymous sources -- that's if they're attributed at all. As for journalistic purpose, a gossip column is about... rumors and speculation, not exactly the foundation of great journalism.
Poynter Online Apr 06, 2006 Report Faults Video Reports Shown as News
QUOTE: Many television news stations, including some from the nation's largest markets, are continuing to broadcast reports as news without disclosing that the segments were produced by corporations pitching new products...
New York Times Mar 29, 2006 When computers do the news, hoaxes slip in: Lack of human involvement is why hoaxsters love Google News.
QUOTE: the hazards of Google's automated approach to picking news stories....Are these "aggregators" providing the news - or are they diluting it with the fakery, hucksterism, and puffery...
Christian Science Monitor Dec 29, 2005 New digital camera? Know how, where you can use it (CyberSpeak)
QUOTE: ...I started to wonder about the laws regarding using them. Where can you shoot? What can you shoot?....don't take this as legal advice; it's one columnist's researched understanding of the law. If you can see it, you can shoot it
USA TODAY Dec 23, 2005 On Opinion Page, a Lobby's Hand Is Often Unseen
QUOTE: But organizations like the institute...are facing new and uncomfortable scrutiny over their links to special interest groups after...Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff had paid at least two outside writers for opinion articles promoting the work of his clients.
New York Times Dec 21, 2005 TV Charity Drives: Toys for Tots, Money for Stations
QUOTE: To become "partners" with WUSA and WRC, such entities as SunTrust and the D.C. Lottery pay the stations. The payments buy TV ads that tout the charitable campaigns and the companies' involvement in them. The stations, in turn, often feature their paying sponsors on news reports about the charitable drives, usually without disclosing to viewers that the station is receiving money from the ad buys.
Washington Post Dec 07, 2005 Lip-Service Journalism: If protecting sources is paramount, why don't more reporters go to jail?
QUOTE: American reporters have been going to jail to protect their sources since at least 1848....the Washington press corps thinks that protecting confidential sources is essential to doing its job—except when jail time is a possible consequence of doing that job.
Slate Nov 22, 2005 Woodward Talks of Admission, Apology: Author Says He Realized He Would Be 'Dragged Into This'
QUOTE: Asked how he could have discussed the Fitzgerald probe, on King's show among others, without revealing his involvement...
Washington Post Nov 17, 2005 Post Reporter Is Held in Contempt in Civil Suit
QUOTE: A federal judge found a Washington Post reporter in contempt of court yesterday for refusing to reveal who gave him information about an investigation of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee.
Washington Post Nov 16, 2005 Washington Post's Woodward Apologizes for Lapse on Leak
QUOTE: Mr. Woodward's disclosure also calls new attention to his unique relationship with the Post. As an editor, he still writes the occasional news article for the newspaper, but spends much of his time researching books about Washington politics and policy, often granting sources offers of confidentiality and agreements not to use their information immediately.
New York Times Nov 14, 2005 Attack of the Blogs
QUOTE: Blogs...are the ultimate vehicle for brand-bashing, personal attacks, political extremism and smear campaigns. It's not easy to fight back: Often a bashing victim can't even figure out who his attacker is....The combination of massive reach and legal invulnerability makes corporate character assassination easy to carry out. Dry treatises on patent law and trade policy don't drive traffic (or ad sales) for bloggers and hosts; blood sport does.
Forbes Nov 12, 2005 Media Tangled in Lobbyist Case: Press Freedoms Debated After Wiretapping of Call to Reporter
QUOTE: In a city where secrets of varying import are whispered every day, the case has sparked a debate about whether prosecutors are attempting to criminalize conversations with journalists. While the pending trial of the two former staffers for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has been overshadowed by the CIA leak investigation, media advocates fear it could have an equally negative impact on the flow of information.
Washington Post Sep 05, 2005 Who's a Looter? In Storm's Aftermath, Pictures Kick Up a Different Kind of Tempest
QUOTE: "You see a black family, it says they're looting. You see a white family, it says they're looking for food."
New York Times Jul 24, 2005 Leak Riddle: Who's Playing Whom?
QUOTE: ...the conflict of interest that reporters routinely have with high-level sources who leak sensitive information. It is the dirty little secret of the Washington press corps, a kind of unspoken conspiracy in which reporters conceal not only their sources' identities but more importantly the underlying motives for the leaks.
Washington Post Jul 19, 2005 When Is Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Justified? The Case of Judith Miller
QUOTE: The most recent high-profile instance of civil disobedience is that of New York Times reporter Judith Miller. After a federal judge found Miller in contempt of court for refusing to comply with a grand jury subpoena, she has been held in a federal penitentiary. Every court to review the subpoena has proclaimed it legally valid, but Miller believes it to be unconstitutional.
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