Journalists should stay off payrolls

Is anyone really surprised that MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann gave contributions to three Democratic politicians? It’s hard to summon the kind of deep outrage that drove Olbermann, host of the cable channel’s top-rated “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” into a brief suspension. If you watch his show or listen to his frequent bloviating it becomes apparent […]

No diplomacy behind pardon of journalists

Freedom New Mexico We’re vastly pleased that American journalist-adventurers Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been freed from a kangaroo-court 12-year sentence to hard labor in North Korea and returned to their families in the United States. The episode is no doubt a testament to assiduous back-channel negotiations between the United States and the communistic/dynastic […]

Journalists would benefit from shield law

Freedom New Mexico When Congress returns from vacation in September, after the major-party conventions, the Senate would do well to take up what sponsors call the Free Flow of Information Act, which most people term a federal shield law for journalists. As the government has grown and become more secretive in the wake of the […]

China’s treatment of media setting country back

By Freedom Newspapers Just now the Chinese government is focused on U.S. media, claiming they (we) have exaggerated the extent to which Chinese food products are tainted in the wake of all those dogs and cats dying horrible deaths a few weeks ago. This aggressive defense of Chinese quality standards is considered important not only […]

Internet provides oppressed citizens outlet for opinion

By Freedom Newspapers As the old saying goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” When it comes to getting information to the people, Chinese Internet journalists are proving that maxim true. In a nation where for decades the government has maintained strict control over the media, the Internet is bringing new hope and new […]

Vigorous fight needed to match mounting power

By Freedom Newspapers The worst of it was that the murder was so blatant. Anna Politkovskaya, 48, a special correspondent for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, has ruffled the feathers of Russian authorities for a decade, particularly with her unrelenting reporting of Russia’s “dirty war” in Chechnya. The government has been cracking down on independent journalism […]

Local television has every right to cover NFL

Freedom Newspapers The National Football League should quickly rethink its plans to forbid local television journalists from being on the sidelines during games for the 2006 season. The league’s 32 teams voted unanimously March 31 to adopt a ban for local television stations not affiliated with the network carrying the local game. The stations would […]

Open government can spur reform

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Guest editorial When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) nearly 40 years ago, he wasn’t exactly whooping for joy. In fact, former press secretary Bill Moyers has recalled, “LBJ had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the signing ceremony.” Why the reluctance? “He hated the thought of journalists […]

Student journalists show responsibility

By Carol Singletary: Guest columnist Our founding fathers knew that in order to have an effective democracy, someone must monitor the powerful and keep them honest. Thus, they placed freedom of the press in the First Amendment, along with the other fundamental freedoms (speech, religion, assembly and petition). Journalists became The Fourth Estate, the final […]

Don’t forget: Journalists have dangerous jobs

Freedom Newspapers Journalists have been criticized a lot lately, sometimes justly, as in Dan Rather’s infamous 2004 “Memogate” report that used a falsified document on President Bush’s military service. But journalists still are the men and women on the front lines of wars, riots and disasters, bringing the news to us. Sometimes journalists are hurt […]