Parsing Privilege

Friday, October 12, 2007


A bill offering a federal shield law just might go to the House floor for a vote this week. Which means that U.S. journalists are closer than ever to having legal protection for their conversations with sources. New York Times reporter Adam Liptak explains.

Comments [2]

Michael Schwartz from Los Angeles

Re: Parsing Privilege, October 12, 2007, the photo, of reporters protesting in support of Matthew Cooper and Judith Miller, you ran on your website brings up a question which was not asked in the interview. Does the proposed shield law differentiate between a reporter protecting a whistle-blower and a reporter protecting an administration source who is using the reporter to plant a story.
Maybe it is not possible to draft a law that makes such a distinction but it should not go unmentioned especially in an interview with a reporter from the New York Times. The Times, not just in the Plame debacle but in the lead up to war allowed itself to be used to whitewash administration lies planted by unnamed sources.
Source confidentiality can cut both ways, to expose corporate or government malfeasance or to abet it.

Oct. 16 2007 07:20 PM
brioni from toronto


Oct. 12 2007 07:11 PM

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