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Lack of candor is not surprising from Bush or Ahmad Chalabi, but why does the New York Times continue to struggle with the truth about Judith Miller? The Gray Lady might solve the problem by banning anonymous Administration sources in its news reports. If they're going to lie to us anyway, why not under their own names?
Until the Bush Administration is held accountable by Congress for
its propaganda, manipulation of the truth and assaults on journalism,
freedom of the press will exist in name only.
Power-friendly reporters like Judith Miller are easily manipulated
by selective leaks. But what we need now is more civil disobedience by
whistle-blowers exposing renditions, acts of torture and the flagrant
abuse of power.
Anthony Shadid's Night Draws Near is a moving
account of life in Iraq before and after the US occupation. Liberal
hawk George Packer's The Assasins' Gate delves into the history
behind humanitarian intervention.
On both sides of the Atlantic, liberal news magazines facing declining
circulation have started to play into the celebrity culture. But there
are gems that have the power to carry our culture through its Las
The New York Times exposes its own misguided and unethical campaign to make a terrible reporter a First Amendment saint.
The rich legacy of former Nation editor and activist
Carey McWilliams is on full display in three books.
Rush Limbaugh would should skip the juvenile hurricane jokes and summon up some genuine empathy for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The jailed reporter doesn't understand that a free press depends on the ability of reporters to protect honest witnesses--not to coddle government officials.
What's necessary to protect reporters' sources and the public's need to know?
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