Posted at 10:18 AM on November 6, 2009
by Jeff Horwich
Starting today, we're going to start putting up blog entries for each episode. This should make the podcast easier to use with iGoogle and some other applications.
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* TaxGirl Kelly Phillips Erb on the new IRS push to collect from sneaky rich people
* Christian Science Monitor writer Ben Arnoldy from Kabul, on what happened with Karzai, Pakistan vs. Afghanistan priorities, and Afghan nightlife
* Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Ison stops by with details on the federal "shield law" proposal working its way through Congress
* NewsTune: Our guy, Karzai. (video)
* Listener responses to: How have you been shaped by where you're from?
* Swine-flu vaccine, Chorus Line-style
I was very glad that you really got into two big issues related to shield laws: the abuse of anonymity by the anonymice, and the definition of what a journalist is. I'm glad to head that the planned legislation will have a broad definition of journalists, a class of people for whom I lose even more respect each time they use chickenhearted anonymous sources with no justification. I don't really think shield laws are appropriate: we're not talking about journalists risking torture. At worst they go to jail for a few days or weeks. I think that's sometimes the price to pay for your integrity. It's kind of like filibusters: if you want to use them, you better be prepared to stand up and keep talking for 24 hours. If you want to claim a privilege, you need to be ready to sleep in jail for a couple of days. But I would like to hear that I'm wrong, and that journalists in the US have suffered real hardship for protecting a source. Can we have a follow up on that?