Investigative Journalists are Going to Jail

09.22.06 12 years ago

Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada, the San Francisco Chronicle reporters who wrote the Barry Bonds steroid expose Game of Shadows, were sentenced yesterday to over a year in jail for their refusal to reveal who leaked them secret grand jury testimony.

This is precisely the right message we need to send to young journalists. Williams and Fainaru-Wada (is that guy from Star Wars or something?) need to understand that journalism isn't all about investigating into things people suspect are dirty, and then protecting your sources. It's about putting a positive spin on whoever is most popular at any given moment and scaring the populace about the next terrorist attack.

They must have watched too many movies — what do they think this is? All the President's Men? The Insider? Hell no! It's America, where freedom of the press is — oh, fuck.

I may need to rethink this.



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