Shield laws? We don’t need no stinkin’ shield laws…

June 22nd, 2006

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wants a shield law to protect the anonymity of journalists’ sources.

I say people have the right to confront their accusers in court…and they should also have the right to confront their accusers in the court of public opinion.

Leakers, viagra buy cialis whistleblowers, and other anonymous “sources” are cowardly manipulators of the system.

Journalists should be apologizing for ever using (or falling prey to) such sources, not endorsing a law that would encourage and shield them.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nick  |  June 22nd, 2006 at 8:20 am

    What bothers me the most about anonymous sources is that they allow a person to break the law and get away with it. For instance, if someone in the IRS wants to reveal personal tax information about a candidate, public person, or private person, that would be illegal. But suddenly, they’re able to give that information to a newspaper, and boom, suddenly its no problem.

    The newspapers become accomplices to a crime, and are allowed to get away with it.

  • 2. FluxRostrum  |  August 4th, 2006 at 9:14 pm

    What about the fact that without them everyone uses a camera would ineffect be working as an investigative arm of the government?

    What would that do to our supposedly free press?

  • 3. Administrator  |  August 5th, 2006 at 10:56 am

    Hi Flux,

    I hate to admit this, but I’m confused by your comment. Maybe you could clarify?

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