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Unformatted text preview: Why Newspaper Reporters Should Never be Required to Reveal Their Sources By Aaron Wesel One of the best protections that we, as free and unfettered US citizens, have to prevent the government from overextending its reach is the media. Newspaper and television reporters can easily expose and publicize any scandal without fear of punishment from the government. Their power lies in their words, and any time that a reporter hears a whiff of a brutal interrogation, of an unfair sentencing by a judge, of a police officer who hurt someone, or of an illegal CIA mission in a foreign country, the reporter considers it his sacred duty to protect the American public by printing bold headlines in tomorrows paper that will hopefully succeed in getting the public incensed enough to do something about it. Yet the loud reporter is only as good as his sources. These are the quiet whistleblowers who are afraid to speak aloud, who want to keep their jobs, and who fear getting singled out by the FBI or the IRS. The reporter speak aloud, who want to keep their jobs, and who fear getting singled out by the FBI or the IRS....
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- Spring '11