As far as I know, there is NO federal shield law. Some states have them, but the Feds don't.
Traditionally, reporters get their sources to talk based on their reputation for their willingness to "go to jail to protect their sources". This implies that a contempt charge is always possible when dealing with anonymous sources.
Tuff shiz for them... I have NO sympathy for them at all. After all, their title of the "fourth branch of government" is self-bestowed.
After all, their title of the "fourth branch of government" is self-bestowed.
Precisely. Their own lofty opinions of themselves are in excess of what their sorry selves deserve.