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New York Times, AP Won’t Attend Off-The-Record Eric Holder Meeting (HuffPost / The Backstory)
The New York Times and Associated Press said Wednesday that they will not attend a meeting this week between attorney general Eric Holder and the Washington bureau chiefs of several media outlets to discuss guidelines for journalists in leak investigations. Times executive editor Jill Abramson cited the Justice Department’s request that the discussion be kept off the record as a reason for not attending. NYT Even as Holder has sought to regain his footing, Republicans have resumed their criticism, accusing him of misleading Congress in testimony over whether the Justice Department has considered prosecuting journalists under the Espionage Act for publishing government secrets. HuffPost / The Backstory Associated Press president and chief executive Gary Pruitt told staff at a Wednesday town hall meeting that the phone records obtained by the government included “thousands and thousands” of calls in and out of the news organization, according to a staffer who attended. BuzzFeed Leading civil liberties groups criticized comments made by the Democratic Party’s communications director that media groups refusing to attend the off-the-record meeting are giving up their “right [to] gripe” about the Department of Justice’s pursuit of journalists’ records under Holder’s leadership.
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Justice Dept. Defends Seizure of AP Phone Records (NYT)
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday defended the Justice Department’s sweeping seizure of telephone records of Associated Press journalists, describing the article by the AP that prompted a criminal investigation as among “the top two or three most serious leaks that I’ve ever seen” in a 35-year career. “It put the American people at risk, and that is not hyperbole,” he said in an apparent reference to an article on May 7, 2012, that disclosed the foiling of a terrorist plot by Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen to bomb an airliner. The Washington Post / Opinions The usual reason for keeping a subpoena secret is that the target would otherwise try to destroy documents. In this case, the AP could not have done so even if it wanted to, since the relevant records were in the possession of its phone service providers. Without even giving AP a chance to weigh in, we don’t see how the department could intelligently weigh its prosecutorial needs against this broad subpoena’s chilling effect on reporters and their sources. HuffPost / The Backstory Associated Press Washington bureau chief Sally Buzbee was among the journalists targeted in the Justice Department’s sweeping seizure of phone records that has drawn widespread condemnation from members of the media and free speech advocates, an AP spokeswoman confirmed to The Huffington Post. FishbowlNY The Department of Justice is trying to brush off the secret accessing of AP editors’ and reporters’ phone records. The agency already sent one bland letter to the AP about the incident, and Tuesday, it sent another. According to AP CEO and president Gary Pruitt, both letters from the DOJ basically said “Meh,” and not much else about the scary over-extension of the government. B&C Society of Professional Journalists president Sonny Albarado has condemned the Justice Department’s alleged secret collection of AP reporter and editor phone records and said it highlights the need for a federal shield law. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The Associated Press Media Editors Association has joined other journalists in condemning the Justice Department’s seizure of Associated Press phone records, calling it part of the Obama administration’s “continuing witch hunt for leaks and whistleblowers.” TVNewser Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said this may be the least of President Obama’s worries. “I don’t think that’s going to amount to much,” O’Reilly said of the phone taps. “It looks like they went through the warrant process and they had authorization to look at these records — the Justice Department did. But President Obama, he’s got some problems now. He better start to get control of the situation because there’s a lot of stuff going on.”
Favorite LAT paragraph of the Day: In a story about 75 students arrested in a San Diego State University undercover drug bust: “One alleged dealer was just a month away from receiving a master’s degree in homeland security and had worked with the campus police as a security officer, officials said. Another student, who was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine and two guns, was a criminal justice major, officials said.”
Dreamy-Works? We’re not entirely certain, but we think Patrick Goldstein just likened David Geffen to a thoroughbred.
Is Britney-Mania Dying Down? The AP reports the scene surrounding Britney Spears’ courthouse arrival this morning as surprisingly subdued and sparsely attended.
Can’t get enough of you, baby, can’t get enough of you girl….
According to Seal Press, their author Inga Muscio was duped by Peggy Seltzer, just like everyone, or nearly everyone else. Krista Lyons-Gould and Brooke Warner (with names like those, we’re guessing they can spot WASPs) are pissed:
When we receive a proposal for a memoir, we want to be moved, we want to find something people identify with, we want more than anything else to believe that the brave and honest truth we’re publishing might inspire or at least resonate with others struggling themselves.
They must be so relieved that this isn’t their book.
According to Undercover Black Man, the now-pulled Riverhead memoir/novelization was originally titled:
Blood and Consequences: Coming of Age in an L.A. Gang
Powell’s cancelled the reading, but left up the blurb.
AP quotes the head of the imprint:
Riverhead vice president and publisher Geoffrey Kloske said that no one asked Seltzer for official paperwork such as school records, which might have discredited her story, but he noted that the author submitted letters and photographs and a recommendation from a former professor. “She even had someone claiming to be one of her former siblings. There was a substantial amount of supporting evidence,” he says.
The Eugene Register-Guard spiked a profile with Peggy when her educational background didn’t check out. (Unlike the unwary NYT.)
An NYT reader offers:
This woman is ridiculous and a disgrace. I know her personally and these lies were played out in her daily life. From recieving welfare benefits, to Native American donations from the reservation this girl lied to everyone. she used up resources under false information. Lied about her name and circumstance just to get attention. As if White women dont already have a leg up in the world. My boyfriend even gave her money for her gas bill, because we felt sorry for her.
Kevin Allman asks what so many have been thinking:
Were any actual black people involved in the publication of this book?
Say one thing for Ms. Seltzer, she’s made people stop harpying about Diablo Cody.
The AP has a story about the nativity scene Martha Stewart made in prison. We didn’t watch the show the reporter is referring to, but we get the sense that Martha doesn’t totally get the whole going-to-prison-on-a-fraud-conviction thing. Imported German cermaic palm trees? We want her to show off her homemade tats.
On the Christmas Day episode of her television show, Stewart showed off ornate clay forms of the baby Jesus, Joseph, Mary, three camels and others she sculpted at a pottery class at the Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, W.Va.
“Even though every inmate was only allowed to do one a month, and I was only there for five months, I begged because I said I was an expert potter â€” ceramicist actually â€” and could I please make the entire nativity scene,” she said.
The Street Team includes a cross-section of MTV’s youth audience including student newspaper journalists, documentary film makers and community organizers. All of California is covered by Carl Brown in the Bay Area, who’s got a very wordy website.
Weekly reports will be presented as video shorts, blogs, podcasts and animation and appear on Think.MTV.com, MTV Mobile, an upcoming WAP site, and 1,800 sites in the AP Online Video Network.
The program is funded by a $700,000 Knight News Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Well, for this week anyway. We thought it was cute when the AP tried this experiment, but for Us Weekly to eschew Paris (especially the week of her release) is kinda like Fox News saying they’ve had it up to here with that George Bush character. Without the butter, Us Weekly, there won’t be any bread.