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Corporate Greed Outweighs Public Need

Even Norman Pearlstine has his breaking point, according to one academic interviewed in today’s front page story in the New York Times about Time Magazine’s decision to turn over Matthew Cooper’s notes indicating the confidential sources he spoke to for his Valerie Plume article, a story broken by Robert Novak.


Time’s decision yesterday to turn over documents in the face of fines troubled some legal experts.

“It makes it appear that they did it for the money,” said Jane Kirtley, who teaches media ethics and law at the University of Minnesota. “If judges can get these news organizations by the balance sheet, they’re going to yield. For Time Warner not to rally round the crown jewel of their empire to support a journalist is appalling.”

Mr. Pearlstine said financial considerations played no role.


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