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May 30, 2013

Russia Today interviews James Goodale [Purp]

In case you don't know, this is who James Goodale is.

... He is the former General Counsel and Vice Chairman of The New York Times and has represented the Times in all four of its cases that have reached the United States Supreme Court. He has also been called “the father of the reporters' privilege."

That said, on to the interview. The Russia Today lead in and the whole interview is interesting, go read it all, but here's a teaser:

RT: You’ve been called the father of reporters’ privileges. What do you see as the current threats to press freedom in the United States?

JG: It, frankly, is President Obama and Rosengate because this is the first time the – I hate to use the term ‘Espionage Act,’ we’ll say national security act for your viewers – has been used to get reporters. I mean, that really is frightening because it’s usually used to get leakers. Rosen is a leakee, to use legal phraseology. If the Obama administration, or at least his Justice Department, thinks they can use criminal laws to get journalists because they’re co-conspirators, honestly that is one of the worst things I’ve come across in all the years I’ve been doing this.

The NYT also published some of Goodales thoughts here, but the Russia Today interview is considerably more expansive.

If you're looking for an alternative to supplement US lamestream media, give Russia Today a look. They're covering a lot of stuff absent from US headlines -- such as this story about Gitmo prisoners getting being rehabilitated and reintegrated into society in a Yemeni facility. What could possibly go wrong with that?


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