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Fox News Reporter Won’t Have to Testify in Colorado (TVNewser)
FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter cannot be forced to testify in a Colorado court. New York State’s highest court has ruled Winter cannot be compelled to testify about her reporting in the case of Colorado movie theater killer James Holmes. Winter’s story revealed the existence of Holmes’ diary that he reportedly gave to his psychiatrist before he went on his shooting spree. Fox News In a 4-3 ruling based on New York’s shield law, the state Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision that could have resulted in Winter being forced to appear in the Colorado murder trial of Holmes. TheWrap “Today’s ruling is a major win for all journalists,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said Tuesday in a statement. “The protection of Jana Winter’s confidential sources was necessary for the survival of journalism and democracy as a whole.” FishbowlNY Lawyers for Holmes wanted Winter to testify about her confidential sources because they said it violated a gag order on the case. Winter’s lawyers claimed that New York’s shield laws should prevent Winter from having to speak up. They were right. Poynter / MediaWire There exists “no principle more fundamental or well-established than the right of a reporter to refuse to divulge a confidential source,” New York’s State Court of Appeals said in its decision Tuesday.

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James Rainey to FNC: ‘Heck of a Job Brownie’ on the Haiti Coverage

Miles from a cataclysm, a post-doomsday story of massive human suffering, a disaster that launched a thousand ships to help ease the cruelty and indifference of nature, Fox News Channel decided to run bubblegum interviews with new contributor also-ran/quitter Sarah Palin. LAT media columnist James Rainey called them on it. He writes:

CNN’s determination to stick with the news stands in stark contrast to its competitors, particularly Fox News, that in prime time have increasingly been committed to building their brands with political commentary over straight reporting.

When critics accuse Fox of being a tool of the conservative political movement, the company’s executives counter that they deliver serious news during much of the day.

But its prime-time headliners expose the values of the entire operation, and this week they’ve given abysmally short shrift to the biggest crisis in the world.

Why dwell on one of our closest hemispheric neighbors in its hour of dire need, when — like both Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck — you can conduct prolonged, frothy promotional interviews with Fox’s newest contributor, Sarah Palin?

Why focus on all that misery, if, like Hannity on Wednesday, you can engage conservative virago Michelle Malkin in a soaring conversation about the Obama administration’s “culture of corruption.”

Bill O’Reilly played his no-Haiti card too, managing a gripping discussion Wednesday with Bo Derek about the threat to the West’s wild horses. Not to mention those whales being hunted by the Japanese in the Southern Ocean.

In fairness, FNC and the rest of the GOP bravely came out against empathy last summer.

Previously on FBLA:

  • LA County Firefighters Leave for Haiti
  • Haiti Tweeter, Earthquake ‘Natural Haulocost’
  • Anderson Cooper Arrives in Haiti

  • Drudge vs. Wonkette – The Ashley Todd Debacle

    Ashley Todd is a 20 year old McCain/Palin volunteer from Texas.
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    She claimed that a tall black man mugged her at an ATM, then saw her McCain/Palin bumper sticker and went into a rage and superfically scratched her face with a backwards ‘B’. She then said she was also sexually assaulted and lost consciousness.

    So Drudge called it ‘mutilation’ in big banner in red. Poor McCain volunteer viciously attacked by black man matching Democratic candidate general description.

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    Let’s Talk About Sex(y) Female Bloggers!

    miss_america.jpgApparently it’s the time of year where everyone chooses their favorite female blogger based on the always venerable quality of sex appeal! First off Playboy.com is asking you to help them choose the web’s hottest woman blogger. The lucky winner will get the opportunity to pose for Playboy. Yep. Currently video blogger Brigitte Dale (who apparently is of legal age regardless of what her picture might suggest) is riding high (no pun intended) with 27% of the vote, amongst a group that includes Amanda Congden, Violet Blue and Veronica Belmont.

    Meanwhile(!), via FishbowlLA comes word that the folks over at URLesque.com have chosen the twenty women bloggers they’d most like to see in a bikini. Amanda Congden also appears on this list, along with HuffPo’s Olivia Zaleski and Jezebel’s Tracie Egan, but topping it off is LA Times blogger Christie St. Martin. For those of you who would prefer a slightly less naked round-up, NorthxEast has just posted a list of its “Fifty Most Influential ‘Female’ Bloggers” included here are the likes of Ana Marie Cox, Michelle Malkin, Rachel Sklar and Arianna Huffington, who ranks second.

    AP Finds Iraqi Policeman, Not Everyone’s Happy

    malkin.gifSo, the AP has found the Iraqi policeman they quoted six weeks ago, and — despite US and Iraqi denials — shown he exists. (‘Course, now Jamil Hussein faces punishment for speaking.)

    And former CNN chief and current “Iraq Slogger” co-founder Eason Jordan — who was going to go look for Hussein with a blogger he called “co-president of the Eason Haters’ Club”– tells FishbowlNY: “I’m relieved the dispute about the existence of Jamil Hussein has been resolved. With the benefit of hindsight, I believe all involved in this case could and should have handled it better.”

    The blogger, Michelle Malkin (pictured), says she’s still going to Iraq on a military trip, and tells FishbowlNY she has no regrets over her hammering on the Hussein affair:

    No regrets at all. I hope Jamil Hussein, who lent his name and rank publicly to dozens of Associated Press stories, will talk to journalists other than those employed by the Associated Press about the incidents he has witnessed across Iraq.

    As I stated when I made our plans public, the “Jamil Hussein” story is one important item on our agenda, but not the only one. As bloggers on this story have noted from the beginning, Jamilgate isn’t just about Jamil Hussein. [Fellow blogger] Bryan Preston and I plan to do as much on-the-ground reporting as we can to nail down still unresolved questions. And we are looking forward to reporting first-hand on the security situation in Iraq.

    Jordan, in a separate note to us, wishes Malkin well.

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  • CJR Wants a Source, the AP Provides
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