Discussion in 'Politics' started by Amelia, May 18, 2012.
'Reporter's Privilege' Under Fire From Obama Administration Amid Broader War On Leaks
Real threads about real issues get zip attraction around here anymore. You must mention sex, dog eating, being born in Kenya or some other such nonsense to get hits.
On topic it does not surprise me since this comes from the party of the Fairness Doctrine.
The US has never recognized any right of reporters to protect a source. A privilege that doesn't exist can hardly be under assault.
The fact it is Obama going after the reporter is immaterial. The incident happened on Bush's watch, and any successor would have gone after the reporter.
I think the government is going to have a tough go getting the court to force the reporter to testify against his source.
These kind of government secrets vs. free press issues are always sticky, but I strongly believe it is critical we have as free a press as possible. Without a free press, tryanny is right around the corner. And what with the pool of journalists these days being comprised mostly of gutter hacks, we need all the intelligent and energetic watchdogs of liberty we can get.
You overstate the case somewhat. There is a reporter's privilege, derived from the First Amendment, statute, and DOJ guidelines: Reporters' privilege - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
That being said, the privilege is pretty weak compared to the privileges of attorneys, doctors, therapists, priests, spouses, etc. Risen seems to have some privilege that the courts have already recognized, but it seems likely that he will have to provide at least some evidence that he'd rather not (or go to jail).
It's unfortunate that the Obama administration has been so aggressive in pursuing leakers. I'm not sure what to make of it, except to note that Obama has been more aggressive than the Bush administration in other national security matters as well (i.e., drones).
obama only likes leaks when he's the one giving them out.
LIBERTY OF THE PRESS IN THE UNITED STATES
The reporter is free to protect his/her source. They just get slapped with contempt of court and can visit jail as long as they want to continue the protection. Personally, a reporter who leaks national security information irresponsibly should face some type of charge to begin with.
This is all for show. I suspect they know who the leak(s) are and want to divert attention from yet another fuck up. This administration always blames someone for their bad decisions. This leak didn't come from some lowly government employee.
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