Wednesday, May 27, 2009

San Francisco Chronicle Has Had Wrong Prop 8 Headline Up For Almost A Day

Does anyone know what Prop 9 is? Some mysterious initiative that strips everyone of protest rights? I don't know. Maybe the Chron laid off all the online editors? I took this screenshot yesterday at 5:18, and the page is still up here, with the same headline, as of 9:40 a.m. PST on Wednesday.

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Harbinger of the End of the Online Commenting Free-for-All?

According to an article that appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Saturday, a judge told a local paper in Alton, Ill., that they must disclose the identities of two anonymous online commentors (a new word?) who posted their thoughts on the beating death of a 5 year old. The judge found that the two posted information that might help the murder investigation.

The Alton Telegraph tried to quash the subpoenas for the commentors' identities by asserting Illinois' journalism shield law, which protects anonymous sources, but the judge axed that attempt.

This reaffirms an adage that most journalists (and probably all lawyers) should know, and likely know already: When it comes to electronic communications, you are never anonymous, and there is no privacy.

Friday, May 8, 2009

New York Times Graphic: 'Roid Rage Responsible for Yankees - Red Sox Rivalry?

According to the Times, "For those keeping score, six of the key participants in those two series ['03 and '04 ALCS] have been linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs."