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Faced with criticism over the government’s secret spying on the Associated Press and Fox News, President Barack Obama has tried to burnish his free-press bona fides by pushing for the passage of a federal shield law to protect journalists and their confidential sources.
Without the protection of a shield law, journalists can be held in contempt of court and sent to jail for refusing to testify in court about anything—including their sources.
That is what happened to Judith Miller, the New York Times journalist who was jailed in 2005 after she refused to reveal her confidential source to a federal grand jury investigating the Valerie Plame scandal. More recently, Fox News reporter Jana Winter was threatened with jail time after she refused to reveal her source on a story about the Aurora, Colo., shooting to a judge in Colorado.
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This is going to be fun. A trio of controversy-courting female journalists is joining the Jewish culture webzine, Tablet. Daphne Merkin, who wrote about her life in therapy for the New York Times Magazine and learned the art of self-exposure from Tina Brown, has been named movie critic, and Elizabeth Wurtzel, who became a literary Read More
What does former New York Times reporter Judith Miller think of Nothing But the Truth. the movie partially inspired by her time spent in jail for refusing to name sources connected to the leaking of the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame?
"It brought a lot of stuff back," Ms. Miller told Read More
Writing on Editor & Publisher‘s blog, ‘The E&P Pub,’ Greg Mitchell directs us to the trailer for Rod Lurie’s Nothing But the Truth.
As you may already know, the movie offers a fictionalized retelling of the Judith Miller-Valerie Plame scandal, and stars Kate Beckinsale as a journalist sent to jail Read More
In The Washington Post today, Howard Kurtz reports that former New York Times national security correspondent Judith Miller (who once famously referred to herself as "Miss Run Amok") is joining Fox News as an on-air analyst and writer for the cable news channel’s Web site.
Update, 12:25 PM: Ms. Miller Read More
In the fall of 2002, during the run up to the war in Iraq, Oprah Winfrey devoted a portion of one of her shows to answering a pressing international question. Do the Iraqi people want America to liberate them from Saddam Hussein?
Ms. Winfrey posed the question to Entifadh Qanbar, a spokesperson for the Iraqi Read More
“On the First Amendment,” Judith Miller said, “I am a hard-liner.”
Ms. Miller—the redoubtable, doubtable New York Times scoop artist—was on the phone Monday afternoon, giving an interview on her way to get an interview. The quick-change routine is well practiced by now: from reporter to news object and back again.
But even Read More
Yesterday on “Meet the Press,” a bunch of journalists rued the new landscape created by Patrick Fitzgerald and his star witness Judith Miller. Tim Russert, Gwen Ifill, Howard Kurtz—they all feared damage to professionalism, that the public might see the press as in bed with powerful officials. (Aren’t they?) Even as they complained, the journalists Read More
“I never worked with Judy Miller,” said Thomas Ricks, Washington Post military correspondent and Fiasco author.
Ricks was defending the Post’s coverage during the run-up to the Iraq War, and drew some laughter from the New York Times-toting crowd last night at the 92nd Street Y.
The occasion was a panel discussion moderated Read More
When prosecutors won the right to inspect reporters’ phone records earlier this month—potentially unmasking numerous secret sources—the story barely caused a ripple.
Such a blatant threat to the freedom of the media might once have stirred national outrage, or at least a spirited debate.
But if government intrusion into the media’s rights isn’t Read More