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Wire service (AP) pressed to quash document release (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Yahoo News ^ | April 30, 2010 | John Cook

Posted on 05/01/2010 12:45:33 PM PDT by abb

The Associated Press, normally a vigorous defender of sunshine laws, appears to have lobbied behind the scenes to quash the release of e-mails that circulated among its reporters and press aides for New York Gov. David Paterson under New York's Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

I reported yesterday that Hearst Corporation, which owns the Albany Times-Union, was threatening to object to a FOIL request I filed earlier this year seeking e-mails among Paterson's former communications director Peter Kauffmann, his former press secretary Marissa Shorenstein, and representatives of a variety of news organizations. The Hearst Corporation's justification for that stance was that the identities of confidential sources could have been revealed in the e-mails — a highly unusual position for a news organization that usually fights on the other side of freedom-of-information disputes.

Late yesterday, the governor's office denied my request (and a similar one filed by the Columbia Journalism Review), on the grounds that New York's shield law for journalists prevents the e-mails' release. Since then, I've learned that in recent weeks the governor's office alerted all the news organizations whose reporters' e-mails would have been released under my request and gave them an opportunity to object. Among the outlets raising such objections was the AP — and the wire service also refuses to deny a report that it took the extra measure of bringing in an outside attorney to shut down my request.

The governor's office says it found more than 1,200 pages of e-mails among Shorenstein, Kauffmann, and reporters from early 2010. During that time, rumors of a damaging New York Times story about Paterson and some members of his staff were swirling around the state and the nation.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: associatedpress; dbm; newyork; srm
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1 posted on 05/01/2010 12:45:33 PM PDT by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


2 posted on 05/01/2010 12:46:05 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: sionnsar

http://seattle.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2010/04/washingtons_dailies_see_subscriber_exodus.html
Washington’s dailies see subscriber exodus

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hOSrp-uxxzdg3DYhyKaLfx-fdx2wD9FD002O1
Budget cuts likely in wake of Philly news auction


3 posted on 05/01/2010 12:49:46 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

The AP is so corrupt. They make the old Pravda look ethical.


4 posted on 05/01/2010 12:50:21 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain & Graham = La Raza's favorite Senators)
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To: abb

The emails probably show them planning how to make things look bad for the Republicans.


5 posted on 05/01/2010 12:50:49 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: abb

“All the news that fits (our point of view)”


6 posted on 05/01/2010 12:57:14 PM PDT by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: abb

AP believes news is what advances the Party line.


7 posted on 05/01/2010 1:15:25 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: abb
Ever notice how they always sing the same song... maybe the AP is the one that writes the lyrics?


8 posted on 05/01/2010 1:43:41 PM PDT by GloriaJane (Pro-Choice = Pro-Death........ Pro-Life = Pro-LIFE!)
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To: GloriaJane

bttt


9 posted on 05/01/2010 1:51:26 PM PDT by Steelers6
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To: abb

bookmark.


10 posted on 05/01/2010 2:28:06 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: NativeNewYorker
And it often takes two Asspress idiots to compile their illiterate propaganda pieces.
11 posted on 05/01/2010 9:35:57 PM PDT by Luke21
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