There's bad news this week for journalists on multiple fronts. A federal judge has held former USA Today reporter Tony Loci in contempt of court for failing to identify the sources that named a former US Army scientist as a possible suspect in the 2001 anthrax-related deaths of five people. Kyle Nelson, shown in a 2006 “Primetime” segment being beaten by her stepfather, has sued ABC, claiming negligence and recklessness. Thirty-eight New Mexico journos are soon to be out of jobs as EW Scripps prepares to scuttle the Albuquerque Tribune. And journalist Yaghoob Mirnehad has been sentenced to death by Iranian authorities, who had accused him of being a terrorist.
In the spotlight: The Times vs. McCain
What we know: The New York Times has reported that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had a close relationship with telecommunications lobbyist Vicki Iseman, who was asked by aides to steer clear of the Senator before the ultimately unsuccessful 2000 launch of the Straight Talk Express. Both parties denied a romantic relationship existed.
What we don't know, yet: Did The Times hold the story until a certain war hero had the GOP nod sewn up? Will this haunt McCain's relationship with “the newspaper of record,” which endorsed him? Why were efforts by the campaign to lobby (no pun intended) the publication unsuccessful? And will this story give McCain the street cred he lacks with the conservative right?
It's good to be Karl Rove – who shouldn't be stressing to meet these deadlines.
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