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Posts Tagged ‘Judy Miller’

Government Subpoenas Bloggers Over TSA Leak

airport security.jpgWhen the government targets traditional journalists seeking information about confidential sources, reporters like Judy Miller can at least rest easy knowing they have the full force of news organizations like The New York Times (and their lawyers) behind them. Even if they end up spending some time in jail after refusing to name names, they have stood up for their journalistic ethics and probably haven’t had to shell out any of their own money for sky high legal bills.

But what happens when bloggers are the subject of a government subpoena? That is the situation going on right now with at least two travel bloggers, Christopher Elliott and Steven Frischling, who published a leaked TSA document spelling out its security measures following the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day.

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Enough About the News, Let’s Talk About Us — Why Don’t You Like Us?

annietennis.jpgWow, so the New York Times seems to be doing its own peculiar impression of Woody Allen at his most neurotic. A recent reader’s survey from the Times wants to know what it is exactly about them that you don’t like. Was it that whole Judy Miller thing? The General Betray Us ad? Jason Blair? Israel? The Style Section? (kidding! Let’s not get crazy).

Bruce Feirstein over at Vanity Fair‘s Politics&Power blog discovered the survey after randomly clicking through on a Drudge link. The VF people think the survey either signifies a “touchy feely” Times or a “paranoid and frightened” one. Apparently no one suggested it was a sign (albeit a disturbing one) of a paper attempting to keep its head above water during the newspaper world’s annus horribilis. Still, questions like “When you think of the New York Times what positive things come to mind?” reek of the worst kind of liberal cliche. It’s unclear whose idea the survey was, but assuming it came from the publishing end VF is probably correct in assuming its tone would make editorial “furious.” Furthermore, what purpose do questions over Palestinian coverage and whether or not the Times should have run the wire-tapping story earlier serve? Is it merely another case of “Punch” Sulzberger holding out a moose (as Pareene suggests) or are we transitioning into news by consensus? And anyway, isn’t that what blogs are for?

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  • Obama: Putting “deep freeze” on Fox News reporters? [Washington Post's Sleuth]
  • Judy Miller: Testifies at Libby trial. [WSJ]
  • Graydon Carter: Film untouched by buyers at Sundance. [Page Six]
  • New York Mag: To move downtown? [WWD]
  • Wallpaper: Eying Details editor Dan Peres to fill top spot. [WWD]
  • Fashion Mags: Spring previews. [MIN]
  • Ann Moore: Time Inc. needs more risks, failures. [Forbes]
  • Yahoo: To launch 100 entertainment Web sites. [NYT]
  • Letterman: To celebrate 25 years in late night. [Daily News]