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  •  Briebart says somebody gave him that video (2+ / 0-)
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    Somebody he "trusted".  

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 11:01:19 PM PST

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    •  which will come out in discovery. (4+ / 0-)
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      He will have a choice between:

      a)  Name the source (in which case the source becomes a defendant in the suit), or

      b)  Claim journalistic privilege and thereby take full responsibility for the video.  

      Either way he is going to be o-v-e-r and done with shortly.  

      •  In a way, that defines "journalist" (1+ / 0-)
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        As a sort of operational definition, a person qualifies to be considered a journalist by refusing to identify his or her confidential sources, while certifying their accuracy and taking the consequences if the source(s) turn out to by lying.

        We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

        by david78209 on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 08:42:43 AM PST

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        •  one test but by no means the only test. (1+ / 0-)
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          And we should be careful to not turn journalism into a macho contest along the lines of who is willing to go to jail for not revealing sources.  

          Journalism in my definition consists of collecting, analyzing at least to a basic degree, and publishing, information that one claims to be factual.  The privilege against disclosing sources is a necessary concomitant of that, or a fringe benefit, but not something that has to be applied as a test to determine one's merit.  

          And of course let's avoid qualifying people and instead qualify the activity.  Anyone can engage in journalistic behavior, and that is quite sufficient.  Otherwise we end up with "professional journalism licenses," and you know where that goes.  

      •  Or settle the case (1+ / 0-)
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        One way to keep the facts from coming out is to settle the case and include a confidentiality provision in the settlement agreement.  

        Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe -- Albert Einstein

        by ccyd on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 08:42:51 AM PST

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        •  There is no way Sherrod would settle this (2+ / 0-)
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          especially with a confidentiality agreement. She is going for the kill — at least of his effectiveness.

          I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... I'm asking you to believe in yours. Barack Obama

          by samddobermann on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 01:44:26 PM PST

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      •  Maybe this is who Anne Coulter meant (2+ / 0-)
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        when she said "there should be more jailed journalists."

        The road to excess leads to the palace of Wisdom, I must not have excessed enough

        by JenS on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 09:21:40 AM PST

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        •  Anne Coulter needs to go suck on.... (0+ / 0-)

          ... a lemon or two, maybe with a grapefruit in between for variety.  And pass another couple of lemons down the line to Beck et. al. while she's at it.  That would be nice; make a bunch of haters all pucker up so they can't go spewing hate for even a few minutes.  

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