Edward Wasserman: Suppose an inside scoop of official secrets gives some market players an unfair advantage—is that a good reason to muzzle the media?
Charles D. Hayes: The tax for using the media available to us is paid in lost opportunity for thoughtful reflection. We need to find the right balance between technological wizardry and enough silent contemplation to keep from being manipulated politically.
Joe Mathews: The recently ousted publisher sought to turn the paper into a political institution, which has long been an American tradition.
Edward Wasserman: Anti-GMO activists target Big Food’s science by pillaging emails of academic researchers found friendly to industry
Brent Budowsky: Many “journalists” treat Trump’s repeated verbal abuses against women as the charming idiosyncrasies of a celebrity, while Megyn Kelly treated them, correctly, as an appropriate question to ask a man seeking the presidency.
Edward Wasserman: We now inhabit a world where the volume of personal data that’s routinely gathered by anonymous vendors is immeasurably greater and says much more about us than Clarence Thomas’s mere video rental records do.
Tom Degan: Alison Parker and Adam Ward were focusing on their jobs. They were ambushed. They were doomed. They never had a chance.
Edward Wasserman: Media shaming is hot. It’s the new spectator sport in which hapless people say or do something that unexpectedly provokes general wrath, and get their skin torn off by online abuse from thousands of furious, abusive, and hateful strangers.
Robert S. Finnegan: U.S. investigative journalists being threatened and harassed overseas for their exposure of government criminal activity – after being driven into exile
Lauren Windsor: Kevin Gentry thought he would show us how much of a tough guy he is. As a private guest, not to mention a top Koch confidante, he appropriated the role of security when he laid hands on us – two women who were only trying to exercise their rights to free speech and the press. It’s shameful behavior from a network that claims to cherish the First Amendment.
Steve Hochstadt: In response to social criticism, aggressors and their defenders have developed their theory of “political correctness”, using the classic strategy of changing the subject.
Marcy Wheeler: hen Congress passes good governance laws — most notably FOIA — they tend to exempt themselves.
Sharon Kyle: Seconds into the report Kaste sets a tone that would lead a reasonable person to believe that Bland was in some way to blame for the series of events leading to her arrest.