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Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources

 
 
 
 
Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources
Author: Norman Pearlstine
ISBN 13: 9780374531188
ISBN 10: 374531188
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 2008-06-10
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $26.00
 
 

In this hard-hitting inside story, Norman Pearlstine shows that confidentiality has become a weapon in the White Houses war on the press. Pearlstine calls on Congress to pass a federal shield law protecting journalists from the needless intrusions of government; at the same time, he calls on the press to name its sources whenever possible. Off the Record is a powerful argument, with the vividness and narrative drive of the best long-form journalism.

The New York Times - William Powers

… Mr. Pearlstine s central argument is compelling, particularly his contention that when a news outlet has fought a First Amendment case all the way to the Supreme Court and lost, continued resistance amounts to defying the entire legal system, a choice that should be reserved for truly extraordinary causes. No one is above the law and that includes publishers, he writes.