Politics

Fed Court Rules Times Reporter MUST Reveal Sources

Search Engines WEB writes "A federal prosecutor may inspect the telephone records of two New York Times reporters in an effort to identify their confidential sources, a federal appeals court in New York ruled yesterday. The 2-to-1 decision, from a court historically sympathetic to claims that journalists should be entitled to protect their sources, reversed a lower court and dealt a further setback to news organizations, which have lately been on a losing streak in the federal courts"

Bill Mandates Libraries & Schools Block MySpace

Search Engines WEB writes "Tech Crunch reports on the passage of US House Resolution 5319, the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA).

The vote was 410 in favor to 15 opposed. If the Resolution becomes law, social networking sites and chat rooms must be blocked by schools and libraries or those institutions will lose their federal internet subsidies".

War Reporting Changes as Video Sites Grow Popular

Search Engines WEB writes " Here's how the Israel-Hezbollah conflict is playing out on the Internet's latest window into the human experience, YouTube.com: Videos of young girls driving around smoking and joking about Hezbollah, next to shaky footage of grieving men toting dead bodies through rubble as sirens wail. Old propaganda films alongside homemade documentaries about the conflict"

EPA Libraries' Patrons banding together

Durst writes "You may have heard that the current Administration is proposing to cut funding for EPA Technical Research Libraries, thus closing those libraries. The latest installment is at the SLA Divisions Blog about literally thousands of EPA Library patrons who have written to Congress on behalf of keeping those libraries open and saving access to those materials."

Studs Terkel & ACLU telco suit tossed

mdoneil writes "A lawsuit against AT&T has been dismissed by a Federal Judge in Chicago citing National Security. The suit filed by the ACLU on behalf of Terkel and others who felt their rights were violated. Read more on it at Yahoo News , because I can't make this stuff no matter how hard I try."

Possibly the last word on Vote Smart

The Missoula Independent has an article in their latest issue about Project Vote Smart's malfunctions in communication with organizations big and small, and how they may leave Montana. In the article is a brief interview with Michael Gorman about the ALA debacle, where Project Vote Smart refused to continute providing free materials to libraries without an endorsement. Turns out that ALA was not the first nor the last organization yanked around by Project Vote Smart, as I could tell you based on my experiences there. Not that I'm bitter, no...

10K EPA SCIENTISTS PROTEST LIBRARY CLOSURES

schoenbc writes "From the article "...representatives for 10,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientists are asking Congress to stop the Bush administration from closing the agency's network of technical research libraries. The EPA scientists, representing more than half of the total agency workforce, contend thousands of scientific studies are being put out of reach, hindering emergency preparedness, anti-pollution enforcement and long-term research, according to the letter released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)." http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=706"

NYT reporter lies to get into jail

mdoneil writes "A reporter for the New York Times lied to get into a detention center to see Anthony Pellicano. The contract reporter, Allison Hope Weiner is a indeed a member of the California bar but she is not Pelicano's attorney.
According to the LA Times story the reporter violated Federal Law, California State Law, and the NYT Code of Ethics (such as it is).
Of course the reporter denies everything, but the detention center director and even the prisoner don't believe a word of it.
Is this another get the story at any cost end run around the truth? Time will tell if she lied she deserves prison time and to be disbared."

Books as battle ground

Books as battle ground: Inspired by the ongoing U.S. occupation of Iraq, the Bush administration's war on terror and domestic policies, the performance of the news media and the vicious partisan nature of today's politics, mainstream publishers are releasing an unusual amount of books on current affairs.

When the political stakes are high, as they are this year, readers are "using the bookstore like a voting booth," Ross said. "When a customer chooses to buy a political title, every ring on the cash register is like a vote. It's one way for people to register their dismay at what's going on."

Congress eyes Net porn laws

From The AP: Internet providers told Congress on Tuesday they're doing all they can to combat online child pornography, but they were told to expect legislation.

Several providers voiced skepticism about creating new laws that would force them to retain data about their users' online activity.

Any such measure would be costly, easily circumvented and would ``fall far short of its intended goal,'' AOL chief counsel John Ryan told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing.

Lawmakers, however, said more must be done to stop the availability of child porn on the Web and chat rooms where pedophiles troll for young victims.

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