December 8, 2006
Former Radio Talk Show Host Indicted
Vince Marinello, known on southern Louisiana radio as a sports talk show host, has been indicted for the second degree murder of his wife Mary Elizabeth. Police say Mr. Marinello disguised himself and lay in wait for his wife as she attended an appointment. Those close to Mrs. Marinello say the motive may have been what she might have revealed about her husband during upcoming divorce proceedings.
Committee to Protect Journalists: Internet Journalism Under Fire
The AP reports that the Committee to Protect Journalism finds that more journalists who report their work on the Internet are being detained or jailed. Read the AP story here. Read the CPJ report here.
Hewlett Packard Agrees to Pay Settlement
Hewlett Packard has agreed to pay $14.5 to make the lawsuit brought by California's AG Bill Lockyer vanish. Mr. Lockyer had pursued claims that HP violated the privacy rights of some of the members of HP's Board of Directors as well as some journalists by "pretexting"--a method of illegally obtaining their phone records. Some individuals still face criminal charges in related cases. Read more here.
December 7, 2006
Life Imitates Art in Muncie
Muncie, Indiana's police chief has sworn in several celebs as members of the police force for a reality show, Armed and Famous. Erik Estrada, LaToya Jackson, and others will be allowed to carry weapons and enforce the law. Read more here. The IndyStar reported on the new recruits' progress. Read more about the upcoming show here in an article from Variety.
Philadelphia Newspaper Guild Threatens Strike
The Philadelphia Newspaper Guild says it may call for a strike over pensions, even though management and unions seemed to come to agreement over many other issues over the past days. The papers affected are the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. Read more here and here at the Inquirer's website.
December 6, 2006
Have the Dutch Had Enough?
The Washington Post reports that the Dutch viewing public may have had enough of beyond the fringe television. Sex videos that have turned up on the news and reality tv programs that are too real have resulted in viewer revulsion. Read more here.
December 4, 2006
New York Times Asks Court to Dismiss Hatfill Lawsuit
The New York Times has asked a federal judge to dismiss the defamation suit filed by Dr. Stephen Hatfill in which he claims that articles written by Nicholas Kristof libeled him. Read more here in a New York Times article.
"News of the World" Fallout
Ian Reeves discusses the repercussions following News of the World's royal editor Clive Goodman's guilty plea over tapping Clarence House phones. NOTW's editor has apologized to the Waleses. Reeves suggests that, rather than listening in, Goodman should have written a story about how easy it is to listen in. A consumer protection story might, he thinks, been of more use, than writing up gossip. But as he points out, the urge to listen to secrets, or to do anything unethical or illegal, is very powerful, and few can overcome it, if they can justify it, or think they won't be caught.
Danish Court Acquits Journalists
A Danish court has acquitted three journalists of endangering national security. The three published articles saying that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction at the time the U.S. and its allies invaded the country and citing leaked documents. Read more here and here. Read more about the trial itself in a Guardian article dated November 15, 2006 here.