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Off the Record The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources

ISBN-10: 0374531188
ISBN-13: 9780374531188
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Description: Confidentiality has become a weapon in the White House’s war on the press, a war fought with the unwitting complicity of the press itself. Norman Pearlstine takes us behind the scenes of one of the most controversial courtroom dramas of our time.   More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 6/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Confidentiality has become a weapon in the White House’s war on the press, a war fought with the unwitting complicity of the press itself. Norman Pearlstine takes us behind the scenes of one of the most controversial courtroom dramas of our time. When Pearlstine—as editor in chief of Time Inc.—agreed to give prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald a reporter’s notes of a conversation with a “confidential source,” he was vilified for betraying the freedom of the press. But Pearlstine shows that “Plamegate” was not the clear case it seemed to be. In his “vigorously written” inside story (The Washington Post), Pearlstine daringly challenges the conventional wisdom that freedom of the press is an absolute.

Norman Pearlstine, editor in chief of Time Inc. from 1995 to 2005, was previously the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. He trained as a lawyer before making his career as a journalist. He is now a senior adviser to the Carlyle Group and lives in Manhattan.

Preface
Chronology
Anonymous Sources
The Plame Episode
Patrick Fitzgerald
Subpoenas and Secrecy
A Journalist's Education
Branzburg's Long Shadow
Abrams v. Olson
The Pentagon Papers and Watergate
Are Journalists Above the Law?
Rove's Ground Rules
Complying with the Courts
Matt Cooper Testifies
Dealing with the Fallout
Welcome Support
Judith Miller-In and Out of Jail
Waivers
Why We Need a Federal Shield Law
Editorial Guidelines
Scooter Libby's Indictment
Rove Gets a Pass
The Government Escalates Its Assault on the Press
Reviving the Espionage Act
Prosecutorial Excess
Mike Price Sues for Libel
Wen Ho Lee
Libby Is Convicted
Conclusion
Afterword
Editorial Guidelines
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
Index

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