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Warren Lanman, Mesa

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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2005 5:05 pm | Updated: 10:06 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Age: 79

Occupation: writing instructor

Political party: Democrat

1. Was Judith Miller of The New York Times right in refusing a court order to testify about an anonymous source and going to jail to protect

that person's identity?

Right

2. Please explain.

When our Bill Of Rights grants freedom of the press, that means TOTAL freedom. One restriction destroys, or cancels the whole concept.

3. Were Time Inc. officials right in complying with a court order after allappeals failed and turning over documents that revealed the identity of a

source promised anonymity by reporter Matt Cooper?

Right

4. Please explain.

The huge, bankrupting fines imposed on Time, Inc. made it the proper business decision.Let legislators or lawyers arrange the details, so there is no doubt about protecting

privacy of reporters.

5. If you were an anonymous source, how far would you expect a reporter and news outlet to go in protecting your identity? Would you

expect them to obey a court order to testify if all legal appeals failed?

Yes. (See explanation for #4)

6. The Cleveland Plain Dealer is withholding two stories it describes as "of profound importance" because they're based on documents leaked to the

newspaper by people who would "face deep trouble" for having leaked them. Should the Plain Dealer:

Pursue

7. Please explain.

Do we have freedom of the press or don't we? Let it be widely known that we do not have that freedom under the present administration. This is not a free country anymore

with controlled news, the overturn of eminent domain, reporters jailed, etc.

8. Should Congress pass a law shielding reporters from being forced to testify in such cases?

Yes

9. How would you define who deserves protection as a reporter or journalist? Check all that apply.

Mainstream news, Mainstream commentary, Free-lance, Amateur, Bloggers

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