Anonymous 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. On Reporter's Notebook, Italy's former Prime Minister issues
a public apology to his wife. (An expanded version of this program was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)
Journalists and the "Scooter" Libby Trial ()
Today's LA Times says the "Scooter" Libby trial is really about the "ugly mutual exploitation" between government and the media in Washington. Judith Miller, Matt Cooper and Tim Russert are scheduled to testify for the prosecution. Among the journalists testifying for the defense is New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson, who Libby's attorneys think will cast doubt on Miller's credibility. Never has a trial gone so deeply into the way the news media do their jobs. We speak with journalists and ethicists about how the case has put a spotlight on the use of anonymous sources, changing the way news is covered.
- Lucy Dalglish: executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
- Tim Rutten: Columnist, Los Angeles Times
Wife Gets Pubic Apology for Berlusconi's Roving Eye ()
We seldom talk about politicians' personal lives, but some stories are just irresistible. Today, it's the amazing behavior of Silvio Berlusconi and his wife, Veronica Lario. As he is wont to do, the former Italian Prime Minister flirted publicly with a couple of beautiful women. His wife demanded an apology, in a letter on the front page of La Repubblica. Astonishingly, Berlusconi complied--with a letter to the same paper. Beppe Severgnini, columnist for another Italian daily, La Bella Figura.
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