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Study Guide J310 Exam 3

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Study Guide J310 Exam 3 Starr investigation: Starr was looking into claims that in the spring of 1996 the president and Lewinsky had been “caught in an intimate encounter” by either Secret Service agents or White House staffers, according to “several sources”. “Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr’s staff has spoken with a Secret Service agent who is prepared to testify that he saw President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in a compromising situation in the White House…” The Starr investigation put new media in the spotlight. Was a document without precedent in U.S. History. It contained graphic accounts of Clinton’s sexual affair with Lewinsky and alleged that the president had committed perjury, obstructed justice, tampered with witnesses, and abused his constitutional powers. The report laid the foundation for Clinton’s impeachment by the House along party lines that December; he was acquitted in his Senate trial two months later. Two days after it got the report, the House voted to release it- on the Internet- and for one improbable, and historical, afternoon and evening, the Net had spotlight all to itself. The release of the Starr report was widely seen as the single most important event in the history of the Internet up to that point. “The real milestone of the Starr report was that if you weren’t on the Net, you felt like you were missing part of the story”. The Starr report’s availability on the Internet changed the dynamic of the deliberations inside newsrooms. At latimes.com the release of the Starr report gave editors an opportunity to cover multiple elements of the story and allow readers to engage in “personal storytelling,” as former new media director Leah Gentry likes to call it. “The personal nature of the Web allows you to move through information at your own pace, access the material at multiple entry points, and seek out the elements you’re most interested in. The Web is a nonlinear experience, and no two people move through the Web the same way.” Raised questions about what content is suitable for family newspapers and live broadcasts. Many news organizations resolved this dilemma by heavily editing its content in print and on air and then making the entire report available on their Web sites, accompanied by prominent warnings about the report’s graphic content. On the day the Starr report swooped into cyberspace, news sites saw their online usage surge. As late as 1995, such a document could have been conveyed to the public only by journalists. Now it was instantly available to anyone with an Internet connection to read, dissect, forward to others, debate in an online forum, or print out and share with friends and neighbors.
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