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July 12, 1998 | Daniel Schorr, Daniel Schorr is a senior news analyst for National Public Radio. He covered Watergate and the CIA investigations for CBS and was senior Washington correspondent for CNN
Some of us journalists have sinned, oh Lord Public, master of our universe. We beg of you to forgive us our press passes. How did we sin? Let me count the ways: 1) By telling you things that we knew were not so; 2) By telling you things we believed to be so, but had not substantiated; 3) By telling you things that were so, but had been acquired by questionable means. Why does there, suddenly, seem to be so much journalistic sinning? Because the public seems to be turned off on the media.
December 18, 2010 | James Rainey
When we last checked in on , the fastest-growing news outfit in America was staffing up and making the most robust media foray into suburbia in years. Patch this week opened its 600th hyper-local website, in the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. The sites, which provide basic news coverage and ask readers to bolster reportage on their towns, have opened in 105 California communities, with more launching every day. The remarkable thing about Patch, besides its explosive growth in recent weeks (it had 565 sites just one week ago)
February 19, 2012 | By J. Michael Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
One ofTurkey'sbest known publishers and human rights activists is sitting in prison - again - waiting for a court case that appears to be at a virtual standstill. He is far from alone. Ragip Zarakolu was arrested in October along with dozens of other people suspected of having links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, also known as the PKK. While he sits in a high-security prison in northwest Turkey, dozens more journalists are in jail around the country on orders of the nation's judicial system.
March 27, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
She was panting from her scuffle with staff members when she burst into the breakfast room at the hotel where the foreign journalists were staying. Crying, she struggled to tell a story of abduction and rape at the hands of Moammar Kadafi's security forces. "For two days! Two days! Kadafi's men did this to me," the woman screamed as she wept, holding up her black abaya to show bloody marks on her thighs, and cuts and bruises all over her body. "Look at what Kadafi's militia did to me!"
August 5, 2009 | Paul Richter
The negotiations that led to former President Clinton's secret mission to North Korea began almost as soon as two U.S. journalists were seized by the isolated Stalinist state, and were spurred on by the Obama administration's hope that they might lead to a resumption of disarmament talks, according to people close to the process.
January 9, 2013 | Times wire services
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer, whose narrative nonfiction spanned presidential politics and the game of baseball, has died. He was 62. Cramer died Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore of complications from lung cancer, said his agent, Philippa Brophy. He won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting from the Middle East while working as a foreign correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Cramer's other notable work included a bestselling biography of New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio, an influential magazine profile of another baseball star, Ted Williams, and a critically acclaimed, behind-the-scenes account of the 1988 U.S. presidential race, "What It Takes: The Way to the White House.
May 5, 1985 | Associated Press
The International Federation of Journalists has cabled Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to protest what it called the "continued harassment" of Associated Press correspondent Brahma Chellaney. Authorities have impounded Chellaney's passport and have not renewed his 1985 journalist's accreditation.
September 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Police arrested a Malaysian opposition lawmaker and two journalists under a law that can keep them detained indefinitely without trial. Opposition parties denounced the arrests as a violation of human rights and a setback to democracy. Commentator Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin, a well-known anti-government activist, was detained under a widely criticized law that provides for the arrest of those suspected of threatening national security. Police also arrested Tan Chee Hoon, a reporter with Chinese-language daily Sin Chew, and opposition lawmaker Teresa Kok.
July 26, 2002
The issue regarding the media taking partial responsibility for the current furor [over the videotape of the alleged beating of a teen by Inglewood police] (Al Martinez column, "Don't Like Bad News? Blame the Messenger," July 18) is entirely justified because, in most cases, supposed journalists are the ones fanning the flames. Does the media have the right to do that? Sure--if it has the entire story. But in this case, it (the media) and we (the public) do not have all the details--especially the part of the story that comes before the tape began rolling.
August 17, 2004
In your Aug. 13 editorial "All Leaks Are Not Alike," you note that sometimes journalists may be too "promiscuous" with offers of anonymity to their sources. The issue here is not really about the shield law, it is that a crime has been committed, and whether a reporter who knowingly publishes information that violates the national security laws has crossed the line. After all, if the journalists did not publish this information (which violates national security), the crime would have been moot.
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