Confidential Sources, Political Payback and the Public's Right to Know
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Influential reporters are revealing protected sources at the Lewis "Scooter" Libby trial. Is the free press at risk in the courtroom? We hear about anonymous sources, political payback and the public's right to know. Plus, General Casey goes before the Senate Armed Services Committee for his nomination to become Army Chief-of-Staff. On Reporter's Notebook, Italy's former Prime Minister issues a public apology to his wife.
Senate Grills Gen Casey, Joins Forces against Troop Buildup ()
President Bush has nominated General George Casey to be the Army's Chief of Staff after two and a half years of commanding troops in Iraq. At Casey's Senate confirmation hearing today, Senator John McCain, a long-time Casey critic, issued a challenge to the general on what the Arizona Republican called "failed policy." Julian Barnes is Pentagon Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.
Journalists and the "Scooter" Libby Trial ()
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan originally told reporters that political mastermind Karl Rove did not leak the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Today, a federal judge allowed videotape of the briefing to be played in the "Scooter" Libby trial, a case the Los Angeles Times says is really about the "ugly mutual exploitation" between government and the news media. Testimony has revealed how the Bush Administration manipulated reporters--and how reporters went along. It's a sordid story that's more about political payback than the public's right to know, but it could have consequences. Reporters have been required to reveal their sources despite promises of anonymity. Will that discourage potential whistleblowers? Are reporters too eager to protect official sources in pursuit of scoops? How does the public know what to believe?
- Evan Perez: reporter for the Wall Street Journal, @evanperez
- Lucy Dalglish: executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
- Kelly McBride: ethics group leader at the Poynter Institute
- Tim Rutten: Columnist, Los Angeles Times
Marital Spat, Italian-Style: Wife Gets Apology for Berlusconi's Roving Eye ()
Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is a notorious womanizer. At a public awards ceremony last week, the 70 year-old billionaire told four young and beautiful women, "If I weren't already married, I would marry you right now." That was too much for Berlusconi's wife of 27 years, Veronica Lario, who excoriated him on the front page of the newspaper La Repubblica. Beppe Severgnini is columnist for another Italian daily, Corriere Della Sera.
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