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A Blow for the Press,
and for Democracy

New York Times, by Margaret Sullivan

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Posted By:FlyRight, 7/28/2013 8:33:52 AM

Sometimes James Risen feels like Jean Valjean, the beleaguered protagonist of “Les Miserables,” hounded for years by the authorities. “They just keep coming at me,” Mr. Risen, a Times reporter in Washington, told me by phone last week. It has been 10 years since he learned of a secret C.I.A. program to interfere with Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, and six since he got an ominous FedEx package containing a government subpoena. Since then, it has been one legal hurdle after another, trying to stay out of court. Just over a week ago, another blow came: A federal appeals court panel ruled,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 7/28/2013 8:55:11 AM     (No. 9446277)

Interesting that the article mentions the Bush administration, but doesn´t say a thing about the 0bama administration and their persecution of reporters.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/28/2013 9:04:46 AM     (No. 9446291)

When the US fractures, I just hope it is amicable.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kanphil, 7/28/2013 9:40:51 AM     (No. 9446344)

#2, if it fractures it will be anything but amicable.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MattMusson, 7/28/2013 10:52:32 AM     (No. 9446458)

They are asking him to testify against a leaker. I think that he should. He was a witness to the illegal act. He is responsible for testifying as to what he saw.

If he watched a man shoot his wife and children - he would be responsible for testifying as to what he saw.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: enuf8, 7/28/2013 11:18:36 AM     (No. 9446490)

Going after Risen to give DOJ precedence to go after Rosen with FNC.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: GraniteBayTom, 7/28/2013 2:19:32 PM     (No. 9446702)

So the NYT is now the equivalent of democracy. How humble can you get!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Objectivity, 7/29/2013 12:51:07 AM     (No. 9447272)

wake up folks ... just about anything & everything in NYTimes, WPost is ´agenda´ driven ..... if there is objective, neutral factual information contained in the piece, that is largely secondary. Now that said, there are exceptions... there are a few honest professional journalists (not jornolists) at NYTimes (hard to find any at WPost...at most a handful) still despite the demise of the paper year after year. E.g., see Rbt Burns for NYTimes, he writes ´straight´ pieces. Why is that so hard for so many especially younger journalists?

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