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Duane Earll, Gold Canyon

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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2005 6:01 pm | Updated: 9:30 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Age: 75

Occupation: Retired

Political party: Republican

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?

Wrong

2. Please explain.

Reporters have no more right than anyone else to refuse a court order.

3. Were Time Inc. officials right in complying with a court order after all appeals failed and turning over documents that revealed the identity of a source promised anonymity by reporter Matt Cooper?

Right

4. Please explain.

Time Inc. has same requirements as anyone else to comply with a court order.

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?

I don't believe there should be anonymous sources. If you can't back up what you say, then don't say it. Especially if it a government source. Government officials should not be leaking information regardless their motives.

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.

Pursue the stories until the investigation is completed and can be published without "unnamed sources".

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

No

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

Mainstream news, Mainstream commentary, Free-lance

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