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 […]

Conservation and windmills can’t power growth

Jim Constantopolous If we want to avoid a serious national energy crisis, we need to move beyond temporary fixes and focus on workable long-term solutions. Congress is about to make that choice. Let’s hope it doesn’t settle for politically popular steps that would have no impact on the real energy problems we face. In considering […]