WASHINGTON—Accuracy in Media (AIM) is praising the Bush Administration for opposing the federal media shield law being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee today.
“It took great courage for the Department of Justice to go up against the power of more than 80 press groups and media organizations lobbying for the bill,” said AIM editor Cliff Kincaid. “But the administration recognizes that special rights for journalists should not come at the expense of our national security.”
In written testimony to the Committee, Deputy Atty. Gen. James B. Comey asserts that the bill, labeled “The Free Flow of Information Act,” would even inhibit the war on global terrorism by protecting media “sources” who may be involved in criminal or terrorist activities. AIM calls the bill “The Special Rights for Journalists Act” because it would enable journalists to avoid providing evidence of criminal activity in national security cases.
A new AIM poll found that, despite one-sided media coverage in favor of the shield law approach, the public is not yet prepared to back special rights for journalists.
The AIM poll, conducted by The Polling Company, found that only 45 percent of the public favors passage of a federal media shield law to protect the press. The poll found that 40 percent were against the proposed law, with 13 percent undecided. The results are available at the AIM web site www.aim.org.
Accuracy In Media (AIM) is a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage.