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 […]