I still object to shield laws. They are a de facto
form of licensing reporters. You are your sources are unprotected if
you’re not included in the definition of “journalist” or your work isn’t
Don’t you just hate it when a president and attorney general expect us to trust them? Missile Gap. Watergate. Tonkin Gulf. War on Terror. All stinking precedents. Now, it’s Obama and Holder and their faux contrition for overzealous feds snooping in reporters’ emails and phone calls.
If Zimmerman is guilty of anything, it was prosecutors,
not jurors, who let him walk free. That kind of over-charging isn’t alien
to Hamilton County, but it too rarely is questioned by reporters,
especially when pleas to lesser charges are accepted by prosecutors and
Thirty-nine years ago, Enquirer editors agreed to cover a global story that still reverberates through some of Christianity’s oldest denominations: the acrimonious debate over whether women may be priests.
A press card means we’re special until we
irritate someone who can ignore it or take it away. It doesn’t matter
what level of government is involved; the power to issue a press card is
the power to withhold.
Language abuse — as opposed to abusive language — is as old as language itself.
After 50-plus years of reporting and
editing, I should be used to it, but I’m increasingly irritated by its
deliberate, partisan misuse.
Intruding is something
reporters do. Intrusions can be personal, professional, financial or
commercial. Or more than one of the above. And, yes, despite
inexplicably loud cell phone conversations, awareness of omnipresent
smartphone cameras and overly revealing Facebook posts, many Americans
still assert their right to privacy.
You want news of a real weapon of mass
destruction? Try ammonium nitrate fertilizer stored in tanks in the tiny
town of West, Texas. At least 14 dead. Hundreds wounded. High school
and nursing home blitzed. Dozens of homes destroyed.