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3 Senators and 3 Representatives Move to Criminalize Investigative Journalism

Should a journalist who finds out that the CIA has been torturing its detainees, and then writes a newspaper article sharing this information, be sent to prison for 10 years?

Should a journalist who finds out that the Iranian secret police has been torturing its detainees, and then writes a newspaper article sharing this information, [...]

Can Advertising Journalists Be Trusted On Independent Expenditures?

How can we trust journalists who are deriving their income from an advertising system that’s currently being filled with independent expenditures? [...]

Journalists turn Quran-Burning Transcription Fodder into a Conversation

The Obama administration revealed late Tuesday that is prepared to unveil a new blah de blah initiative in the upcoming weeks despite the pressures of the oncoming congressional election season. “Blah de blah blah blah, blah blah de blah,” Defense Undersecretary Blahford Blahdepants explained in a press briefing. “Blah de blah blah, blah blah, blah [...]

Useful New Resource on Surveillance Society: Top Secret America

Yesterday morning, a team of Washington Post journalists unveiled a major new resource called Top Secret America: A Hidden World, Growing Beyond Control. A series of connected web pages identify and connected various government agencies and private companies that are engaged in erecting a new classified surveillance structure in the United States.

The amount of [...]

War on Terror or War on Free Press? FBI Used Unconstitutional, Illegal Seizure of Reporters’ Phone Records to Find Source of Politically Embarrassing Leaks

I’ve never written such a long headline before, but each and every element of it is crucial:

* The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General has released a report, parts of which remain classified but parts of which have been declassified. Read it here.

* This report concludes that the FBI broke the [...]

J. Edgar Hoover Is Back: FBI Lying About Terrorists to Spy on Journalists

The Washington Post buried the most explosive aspect of its revelation that thousands of times, the FBI lied about the existence of a terrorist plot in order to collect Americans’ phone call records without the warrant required by the supreme law of the land, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. All that is explosive [...]

Press Release Reporting: How Should the New York Times Conduct Technology Journalism?

In the past year or so, I’ve written two posts strongly critical of the New York Times’ technology reporting. The two articles about which I wrote, both by Stephen C. Williams (5/1/2008 and 10/20/2009), included images taken directly from Apple and Motorola corporate press kits and presented no “facts” about the products beyond those offered [...]

Ten Thousand at their Back, DC Journalists Film One-Man Counterdemonstration

Randy Sly of Catholic Online writes in complaint against journalists covering the National Equality March:

Totally ignored at the march were those who came to bear witness to the Christian message regarding homosexuality and calling those present to allow God to work in them in restoration. Randall Terry reported last week that he and others [...]

U.S. Military Covers Up Program To Profile and Neutralize Journalists

“I did not realize how important words and the transmission of information to the public could be until I met Mr. John Rendon in 1999. Mr Rendon, President of Rendon Group, Inc., insists that information is terrain and someone will occupy it, either the adversary, a third party, or us.”

– Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall, Lt [...]

Two Step Bug Proofing in Maine

What would she rather wear a net and insect repellant than, though? Would she rather do this than eat circus peanuts? [...]

Really Explaining Cronkite to the YouTube Generation

Other than using the phrases “fragmentation of the media” and “splintered media environment,” Brian Stelter of the New York Times doesn’t manage to deliver on the promise of his headline, “Explaining ‘The Way It Was’ to the YouTube Generation.” So let me try.

From 1962 to 1981, Walter Cronkite anchored the half-hour CBS Evening News [...]