Legal Transparency Another Victim of Ailing MSM

Adam Liptak of the New York Times (8/31/09) says that we can thank Riverside, California’s Press-Enterprise for having “fought ferociously” in multiple Supreme Court battles ensuring “the press and the public have nearly an absolute constitutional right to attend jury selection in criminal cases.” According to Liptak, “news organizations used to consider those kinds of lawsuits a matter of civic responsibility”: “For the last four decades, maybe longer, citizens have been able to rely on small, medium and large news organizations, mostly newspapers, to fight their access battles on their behalf,” said Lucy Dalglish, the executive director of the Reporters […]


On ‘Trial Balloons’ and MSM’s ‘Veil of Anonymity’

Salon‘s Greenwald (6/27/09, ad-viewing required) has taken a hard look at Washington Post and ProPublica journalists Peter Finn’s and Dafna Linzer’s report–“relying exclusively on three Obama officials speaking behind a veil of anonymity”–“that the White House is ‘crafting language for an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely.’” Finding it “revealing” that “the article quotes two Bush national security officials justifying the need for detention without charges,” Greenwald writes of how “anonymous trial balloon articles like this one are difficult to comment on because it’s obviously designed to announce that a certain policy is being […]