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  • ‘The Post’ Trailer: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep Team Up For Spielberg’s Journalistic Drama

    11/13/2017 5:18:23 AM PST · by Dr. Scarpetta · 54 replies
    Deadline ^ | 11/7/2017 | Dino-Ray Ramos
    Based on a true story, The Post follows the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents.
  • New CNN Series To Focus On ‘Challenges Facing The Media’

    11/12/2017 7:02:54 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 52 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/12/2017 | Justin Carruso
    CNN is kicking off a new series to discuss “challenges facing the media,” and Brian Stelter is leading the way. The series, called “Free Press, What’s At Stake,” is meant to focus “on the challenges facing the media, under attack from critics, governments and changing technology.” It was kicked off by CNN’s Brian Stelter, who penned a column published Sunday titled, “Whose freedom is it?” Stelter wrote, “Press freedom is YOUR freedom. That’s the way I recommend thinking about ‘freedom of the press,'” adding, “it’s about MORE than just journalists. Turn it around. Recognize how protections for the press benefit...
  • John Bolton Slams ‘Foolish’ Chuck Todd: Media 'Not Entitled to Worship’

    02/17/2017 10:07:50 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 50 replies ^ | February 17, 2017
    Appearing on Fox News’s Outnumbered on Friday, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton blasted NBC’s Chuck Todd for taking to Twitter on Thursday to attack President Trump’s “un-American” criticism of the media during a press conference: “I thought that tweet was one of the most foolish things I've seen from the media in a long time, and you know, that's a pretty low bar there. The media is not entitled to worship.” He continued: “It's not entitled to respect as an institution. It’s not entitled to deference by political leaders. It is entitled under the First Amendment to say what...
  • Barack Obama: The greatest threat to press freedom in a generation

    03/26/2014 10:32:29 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-26-14 | DrJohn
    "First he came for the whistleblowers and I didn't speak up because I was a liberal...." A conference called "Sources and Secrets" was held a few days ago at the Times Center in New York. The conference is described as "A conference on the press, government and national security." It's supported largely by left wing organizations and news outlets. At the meeting James Risen of the NY Times expressed an interesting opinion: New York Times reporter James Risen, who is fighting an order that he testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer accused of leaking information...
  • Not Every Leak Is Fit to Print

    02/10/2008 5:07:57 AM PST · by ThePythonicCow · 1 replies · 139+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 18 Feb 2008 | Gabriel Schoenfeld
    Not Every Leak Is Fit to Print Why have federal prosecutors subpoenaed a New York Times reporter?by Gabriel Schoenfeld 02/18/2008, Volume 013, Issue 22 Investigations of national-security leaks in Washington are not all that rare. But until Judith Miller of the New York Times was sent to jail for 85 days by a special prosecutor digging into the Valerie Plame imbroglio, investigations of such leaks in which journalists are subpoenaed were about as common as unicorns wandering the National Mall. We now have another such unicorn. On January 24, a federal grand jury in Alexandria issued a subpoena to...
  • Exclusive: John Cornyn Rips Chuck Schumer's Media 'Shield Law'

    03/27/2014 5:58:34 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/27/2014 | Matthew Boyle
    The number two Republican in the Senate is lambasting a media “shield law” proposed by New York Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer, potentially imperiling its shot at passage. “This is a bad idea and one whose time has not come,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate minority whip, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. “Believe me, we will not be rolled over.” Schumer’s “Free Flow of Information Act” passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, and he recently said he already has the 60 votes needed to pass the bill on the floor. “We’ll get a few more Republicans, not...
  • Matt Drudge calls Dianne Feinstein a 'fascist' for narrowing the definition of a journalist

    09/13/2013 5:21:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/13/2013 | Charlie Spiering
    Matt Drudge called Sen. Dianne Feinstein a fascist after the California Democrat suggested that only "professional" journalists deserved protection under a new media shield law."I can't support it if everyone who has a blog has a special privilege … or if Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have a privilege. I'm not going to go there," Feinstein said during Thursday's hearing.Drudge reacted to Feinstein's comments on Twitter after stories of the media shield law were highlighted on his Drudge Report website."Comments from Sen. Feinstein yesterday on who's a reporter were disgusting," he wrote, adding...
  • Senate Panel OKs Measure Defining a Journalist

    09/12/2013 1:15:00 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 131 replies ^ | 9/12/13 | ap
    The vote was 13-5 for a compromise defining a "covered journalist" as an employee, independent contractor or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information. The individual would have been employed for one year within the last 20 or three months within the last five years. It would apply to student journalists or someone with a considerable amount of freelance work in the last five years. A federal judge also would have the discretion to declare an individual a "covered journalist," who would be granted the privileges of the law.
  • Press Shield Has Holes

    06/06/2013 5:23:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | June 6, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    In response to the acknowledged abuses of his own Justice Department, President Obama has urged Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to reintroduce legislation for a "journalist shield law." And in typical Washington fashion, the proposed act would do nothing to prevent the abuses that supposedly make the law so necessary. We saw a similar response to the horrible Connecticut school shootings last December -- a raft of laws that wouldn't have prevented the tragedy in the first place. It seems that whenever government fails to do what it is supposed to do with the laws already on the books, the answer...
  • Lindsey Graham Isn't Sure If Bloggers Deserve 'First Amendment Protection'

    06/05/2013 9:18:43 AM PDT · by don-o · 67 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 5, 2013 | Brian Fung
    Whether bloggers count as journalists has mostly been a matter of esoterics for reporter types. But as Congress weighs a media shield law in response to the Associated Press/Justice Department subpoena scandal, the question is gaining an urgency that lawmakers are finding hard to ignore as they turn to writing the bill. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., took on the issue—and stumbled. "Who is a journalist is a question we need to ask ourselves," he said. "Is any blogger out there saying anything—do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times." The verbal...
  • Holder signed off on warrant for James Rosen records

    05/23/2013 5:08:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 23, 2013 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Shot: President Obama’s speech today: Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs. Our focus must be on those who break the law. That is why I have called on Congress to pass a media shield law to guard against government over-reach. I have raised these issues with the Attorney General, who shares my concern. So he has agreed to review existing Department of Justice guidelines governing investigations that involve reporters, and will convene a group of media organizations to hear their concerns as part of that review. And I have directed the Attorney General to report...
  • Surprise, surprise … bloggers to be covered under the Senate version of the federal shield law

    10/30/2009 10:37:10 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 3 replies · 332+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | October 31 2009 | Corky Boyd
    According to Editor & Publisher and other sources, the Senate has worked out the wrinkles of a federal shield law to protect news gatherers from being forced to reveal confidential sources. The issues holding it up were from the White House involving classified leaks and national security issues. The major surprise however is it apparently covers freelancers and “citizen journalists,” a euphemism used to describe bloggers. "The negotiated compromise creates a fair standard to protect the public interest, journalists, the news media, bloggers, prosecutors and litigants," said Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., a cosponsor of the Free Flow of Information Act...."
  • Student present at slaying invokes shield law

    05/19/2009 7:47:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 797+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/19/9 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    A potentially key witness to a killing last month in San Francisco - a college journalism student - is invoking a state law aimed at protecting working journalists' sources and unpublished material in refusing to cooperate with police.The 22-year-old student at San Francisco State University was present when Norris Bennett was shot on the street in Bayview-Hunters Point and took photos that police believe could help them find the killer.But the student maintains that he was on the scene as part of a school project chronicling life in the community, and that his witness account and the photos he took...
  • Pelosi: I'm an addict of magazines (+ promises passage of reporter shield law)

    10/05/2008 10:18:03 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 23 replies · 960+ views
    Media Bistro ^ | 10-5-08
    At the kick-off event for the 2008 American Magazine Conference in San Francisco, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi opened the proceedings by telling the 400 magazine executives in attendance that she's a "addict of magazines." "San Francisco is a magazine city," the California resident added. Pelosi couldn't resist taking a few shots at the current administration, especially when discussing the failed shield law: "The shield law died in Senate because the administration didn't want the bill to go through. ... As soon as we have a new Congress and a new President, we will have a new shield law."...
  • Republican AGs push for shield law

    09/14/2008 9:27:03 AM PDT · by jasonmyos · 8 replies · 253+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 9/14/08 | C.Rizo
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-A group of 13 Republican state attorneys general are urging Republican U.S. senators to back legislation that would limit the federal government's ability to force reporters to reveal their confidential sources. The Free Flow of Information Act, already approved by House and awaiting a vote in the Senate, would bring federal law in line with state laws in 49 states that protect reporters' confidential sources in most cases. The letter seeks to allay concern that if enacted the law could fetter the government's pursuit of terrorists.
  • Novak: Wilson did not forcefully object to naming of CIA wife in column

    10/07/2007 10:05:00 PM PDT · by Jean S · 10 replies · 689+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/6/07 | Mike Soraghan
    Columnist Robert Novak said Saturday Ambassador Joe Wilson did not forcefully object to the naming of his CIA operative wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, when Novak spoke to him prior to the publication of a column that sparked a federal investigation and sent White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to jail. “He was not terribly exercised about it,” Novak said. Instead, Wilson focused on not being portrayed as simply an opponent of the Iraq war. Wilson also stressed that his wife went by his last name, Wilson, rather than Plame, Novak said. Novak forcefully defended his handling of the column...
  • Senate Panel Takes Up Press Shield Bill

    10/04/2007 9:51:07 AM PDT · by khnyny · 16 replies · 463+ views
    AP ^ | October 4, 2007 | Laurie Kellman
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday urged his panel to wrap up debate on a bill to shield reporters from being forced to reveal their sources in federal court. "The time for needless delay of this legislation has passed," the Vermont Democrat said in prepared remarks. "We simply have no idea how many newsworthy stories have gone unwritten and unreported out of fear that a reporter would be forced to reveal a source, or face jail time." Even if the Judiciary Committee gets through a growing list of amendments and approves the bill, it faces...
  • House Judiciary panel OKs journalists' shield measure

    08/02/2007 1:13:10 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 510+ views
    Hearst News via SFGate ^ | 8/2/7 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Hearst Newspapers
    Washington -- Legislation that would protect journalists from being forced to reveal confidential sources advanced in the House of Representatives Wednesday, despite continued opposition from Justice Department officials who warn it would hamper some criminal investigations. The bill, which the House Judiciary Committee approved by a voice vote, would shield reporters from court orders compelling them to disclose their sources, except in limited cases, such as when there is "significant" harm to national security. Supporters of the measure, including more than 40 media organizations, cheered the Judiciary panel's vote, which moves the measure one step closer to House passage. Similar...
  • Federal Reporters Shield Law

    07/31/2007 9:40:43 PM PDT · by airedale · 14 replies · 504+ views
    Rep Mike Pence, Republican of Indiana and Rick Boucher, Democrat of Virginia have introduced a federal shield law which in general I oppose. I wrote him an email indicating a change that I'd like to see if in fact he went ahead with the law. Here were my suggestions: If you are really going ahead with the shield law then at least change the standard for libel and slander when the media utilizes it. Right now there is a very high bar for someone to win a judgment against the media when the information they provide is wrong and damaging....
  • Afghan journalist beheaded

    04/08/2007 9:41:59 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 13 replies · 1,407+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 9 April 2007
    TALIBAN militants last night beheaded an Afghan reporter kidnapped last month with an Italian journalist, after the government refused to negotiate his release. "We killed Ajmal (Naqshbandi) today at 3.05pm (9.35pm AEST) because the government did not respond to our demands," said Shohaabuddin Atal, spokesman for top Taliban military commander Mullah Dadullah. "He was beheaded." "They (the government) did not contact us," he said. Atal said the journalist was beheaded in Helmand's Hazar Joft district and the Taliban leaders would decide whether to return his body to his relatives or not. His claims could not be verified independently. Another Taliban...