June 12, 2013 |
Where there's smoke arising from a free-speech matter, you're likely to find the fiery attorney Floyd Abrams. He's blazed a trail for freedom of the press from the Pentagon Papers case to protecting reporters' sources. He's just as incendiary when he's fighting forced warning labels on cigarettes and championing the Citizens United court decision. Abrams' memoir, " Friend of the Court ," arrives as news media and government are again at loggerheads over reporters' phone records and revelations-by-leak of widespread domestic surveillance - all burning issues for him. What do you think about the NSA leaks?
June 11, 2013 |
Edward J. Snowden is "a low-level disenchanted punk," says LA Observed's Marc Lacter. In the New York Times, David Brooks notes that Snowden wasn't very neighborly or much of a loving son to his mother. A front-page story Tuesday in the L.A. Times begins : "He was a high school dropout, sometime junior college student and failed Army recruit. " It's safe to say the focus of the debate over the National Security Agency's massive electronic surveillance programs has shifted to the man who unmasked himself as the leaker. This discussion will continue on Wednesday's letters page, and most of the readers who have written so far take a more positive view of Snowden than the observations above.
April 25, 2013 |
Since 2002, filmmaker-activist Robert Greenwald has made a string of vital feature documentaries, including the trenchant exposés "Uncovered: The War on Iraq" and "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism. " His latest, the brief "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State," although vigorously assembled, proves to have less impact. Here, producer-director Greenwald takes on a big topic, zips through some history (Galileo and Copernicus were early whistle-blowers, Frank Serpico and Karen Silkwood more modern examples)
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September 30, 2012 |
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, the fourth publisher of the New York Times, who made history with his decision to publish the Pentagon Papers and revived the "Good Gray Lady" of print journalism with a radical redesign that set a new standard, has died. He was 86. His death Saturday at his home in Southampton, N.Y., after a long illness, was announced by his son and the current publisher, Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. Widely known by the nickname Punch, the senior Sulzberger was publisher of the Times from 1963 to 1992 and chairman and chief executive of the parent company from 1973 to 1997.
June 11, 2012 |
Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs discussed unflattering details of his personal life when applying for top secret security clearance in the late 1980s. Steve Jobs told government officials in a 1988 interview that he thought someone might kidnap his illegitimate daughter in order to blackmail him, according to Department of Defense documents acquired by Wired through a Freedom of Information Act request. He also discussed his drug use, which has been disclosed in news stories and the extensive biography by Walter Isaacson that was published shortly after Jobs' death in 2011.
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March 25, 2011 |
Leonard Weinglass, a crusading lawyer who championed radical and liberal causes and clients in some of the most controversial trials of the 1960s and '70s, including the Chicago 7 and Pentagon Papers cases, died Wednesday in New York City. He was 77. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said Michael Krinsky, a colleague and friend of 40 years. Weinglass, who practiced in Los Angeles for two decades before moving to New York, developed a reputation as a firebrand during the Chicago 7 conspiracy case against anti-Vietnam War protesters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.