Journalists should stay off payrolls

Is anyone really surprised that MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann gave contributions to three Democratic politicians? It’s hard to summon the kind of deep outrage that drove Olbermann, host of the cable channel’s top-rated “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” into a brief suspension. If you watch his show or listen to his frequent bloviating it becomes apparent […]

No diplomacy behind pardon of journalists

Freedom New Mexico We’re vastly pleased that American journalist-adventurers Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been freed from a kangaroo-court 12-year sentence to hard labor in North Korea and returned to their families in the United States. The episode is no doubt a testament to assiduous back-channel negotiations between the United States and the communistic/dynastic […]

Journalists would benefit from shield law

Freedom New Mexico When Congress returns from vacation in September, after the major-party conventions, the Senate would do well to take up what sponsors call the Free Flow of Information Act, which most people term a federal shield law for journalists. As the government has grown and become more secretive in the wake of the […]

China’s treatment of media setting country back

By Freedom Newspapers Just now the Chinese government is focused on U.S. media, claiming they (we) have exaggerated the extent to which Chinese food products are tainted in the wake of all those dogs and cats dying horrible deaths a few weeks ago. This aggressive defense of Chinese quality standards is considered important not only […]

Internet provides oppressed citizens outlet for opinion

By Freedom Newspapers As the old saying goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” When it comes to getting information to the people, Chinese Internet journalists are proving that maxim true. In a nation where for decades the government has maintained strict control over the media, the Internet is bringing new hope and new […]

Vigorous fight needed to match mounting power

By Freedom Newspapers The worst of it was that the murder was so blatant. Anna Politkovskaya, 48, a special correspondent for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, has ruffled the feathers of Russian authorities for a decade, particularly with her unrelenting reporting of Russia’s “dirty war” in Chechnya. The government has been cracking down on independent journalism […]

Local television has every right to cover NFL

Freedom Newspapers The National Football League should quickly rethink its plans to forbid local television journalists from being on the sidelines during games for the 2006 season. The league’s 32 teams voted unanimously March 31 to adopt a ban for local television stations not affiliated with the network carrying the local game. The stations would […]

Open government can spur reform

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Guest editorial When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) nearly 40 years ago, he wasn’t exactly whooping for joy. In fact, former press secretary Bill Moyers has recalled, “LBJ had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the signing ceremony.” Why the reluctance? “He hated the thought of journalists […]

Student journalists show responsibility

By Carol Singletary: Guest columnist Our founding fathers knew that in order to have an effective democracy, someone must monitor the powerful and keep them honest. Thus, they placed freedom of the press in the First Amendment, along with the other fundamental freedoms (speech, religion, assembly and petition). Journalists became The Fourth Estate, the final […]

Don’t forget: Journalists have dangerous jobs

Freedom Newspapers Journalists have been criticized a lot lately, sometimes justly, as in Dan Rather’s infamous 2004 “Memogate” report that used a falsified document on President Bush’s military service. But journalists still are the men and women on the front lines of wars, riots and disasters, bringing the news to us. Sometimes journalists are hurt […]

10/14 amos

Editor’s note: In response to a reader’s request, Amos has asked that we reprint a favorite “wordy” column. Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. amos plays word games boss while i was rummaging through some old — really old — newspaper clips the […]

Time right to turn in sources

By Steve Chapman The editor in chief of Time Inc. made news the other day by offering to do what most of us take for granted: Obey the law. It’s about time. Reporter Matthew Cooper has declined to testify in the federal probe of the outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. But after the […]

Mexican reporters’ bravery deserves recognition

Freedom Newspapers The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights clearly states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a […]

Privacy trend dangerous to freedoms

By Irwin Gratz: Guest Columnist If you have ever scanned a listing of arrests and citations in your local paper, or were part of a group to challenge a new subdivision or shopping mall, if you wondered how much a local school superintendent earns, or if your business has looked over a state or federal […]

Public needs to know media not always right

Steve Chapman: CNJ columnist The news media have sided strongly with reporters Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper, who are threatened with jail unless they disclose their sources in the Valerie Plame case. Right now, that decision is starting to look like Custer’s Last Stand. It’s a battle the press can’t win and doesn’t deserve to […]

Journalists have right to protect their sources

Freedom Newspapers T he investigation into who leaked the name of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative and wife of former ambassador Joseph Wilson, to the media has resulted in some downright bizarre consequences. Matthew Cooper of Time magazine (who wrote a story critical of the leaking without naming names) and Judith Miller of the New […]

Journalists choice to protect sources needs protection

Freedom Editorial T he First Amendment is Americans’ pre- cious protection of the rights to freedom of press, assembly, speech, petition and religion. But government ever is testing the boundaries of what it can restrict, as is evident in the federal investigation into who in the Bush administration in 2003 revealed to members of the […]

Honesty in journalism does not require posturing

By Thomas Sowell The British Broadcasting Corporation has made itself look ridiculous by issuing orders that its reporters are not to refer to Saddam Hussein as an ex-dictator. Apparently using the word “dictator” would compromise the BBC’s neutrality and call its objectivity into question. Unfortunately, the BBC is not alone. In much of the American […]

CIA revelation could be revenge or just accidental

Freedom Newspapers At this point, even after several days of speculation and a certain amount of digging, there is probably more that we don’t know than we do — and it might just turn out to be much ado about not much at all. But the possibility that somebody or somebodies in the administration leaked […]

amos plays word games

by amos Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss while i was rummaging through some old – really old – newspaper clips the other day i found an interesting article from the first of february in 1912 it was from the […]