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by David Lindorff

10/09/06

[T]he management of the New York Times, which has lambasted veteran Supreme Court veteran Linda Greenhouse for a talk she gave to fellow Harvard alumni in which she condemned the Bush administration for creating 'law-free zones' in Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, Haditha and elsewhere around the world, and for 'assaulting women's reproductive freedom' and 'hijacking public policy' in the name of 'religious fundamentalism.' The paper, we learn, has an 'ethical guideline' saying that news staffers who appear on radio and TV 'should avoid expressing views that go beyond what they would be allowed to say in the paper.' (Never mind that Greenhouse wasnt speaking for broadcast, but at a private event at her alma mater.) ... Nothing infuriates me more, as a veteran newspaper reporter, than this repressive notion that reporters must not have personal politics or personal views, or that if they do have them, they must keep them strictly to themselves...

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