‘A career in the oil sands may sound good to some people, but really it is the death of their culture because it’s taking the new generation to work toward a completely different way of life. And it’s a way of life that embraces the destruction of their land.
These people who have hunted this land for a hundred years can read their environment like a book. They know when something’s wrong. They open up an animal, they can see the health of that animal by how it looks. The industry and the government don’t really take that knowledge seriously.’
Our friend and former Reportage Emerging Talent Ian Willms’s work from the the First Nations land in Alberta, Canada, was featured on NYT Lens blog yesterday. Read more - An Indigenous Way of Life Threatened by Oil Sands in Canada
Excellent photojournalism on a ridiculously horrible situation.
This article got my attention because of the quote the NYT used to caption it on their Facebook page: “Some sex scandals, like Mark Sanford’s, fall into the realm of flawed human nature, and some, like Weiner’s, fall into the realm of ‘Seriously, what is wrong with you?’” I’m not sure why Weiner’s scandal is worse than Sanford’s, when the former sent a few pictures and texts while the latter abandoned his family and office to spend time with his mistress in a foreign country. Surely one of those affects the scandalmaker’s ability to serve in an official capacity more than the other.
But the real offense in this column is the way it describes Abedin. Dowd professes to be concerned that this will “hurt” Abedin, presumably in a professional or political capacity. But her descriptions of the woman focus on her looks and popularity - a “classy, gorgeous mother of [Weiner’s] infant son” with “renown, movie star suitors and a Vogue spread.” (I should mention, by the way, that Dowd does not call the woman “Abedin” - she calls her “Huma.” Weiner, mysteriously enough, is never called “Anthony.”) The belittling focus on Abedin’s appearance veers into orientalist territory pretty quickly, as Dowd describes her as a “stylish Muslim Garbo” and quotes an acquaintance who calls her a “sophisticated, mysterious guiding intelligence and beauty.” The first two sentences of the piece? “When you puzzle over why the elegant Huma Abedin is propping up the eel-like Anthony Weiner, you must remember one thing: Huma was raised in Saudi Arabia, where women are treated worse by men than anywhere else on the planet. Comparatively speaking, the pol from Queens probably seems like a prince.” Jesus Christ.
I’ve never had much reason to complain about Maureen Dowd in the past, but this is awful all around.
Under the majority’s articulation of the reporter’s privilege, or lack thereof, absent a showing of bad faith by the government, a reporter can always be compelled against her will to reveal her confidential sources in a criminal trial. The majority exalts the interests of the government while unduly trampling those of the press, and in doing so, severely impinges on the press and the free flow of information in our society.
Judge Roger Gregory, one of a panel of three judges on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA. He wrote a vehement dissent of his colleagues’ ruling yesterday, which said that author and New York Times reporter James Risen must testify in the trial of a former CIA official who gave him information. Risen has said he will go to jail rather than be compelled to give testimony. [Here is a PDF of the full ruling]
The implications of the law pushing a journalist to testify against a source on press freedom are huge. As the New York Times article notes, while the precedent here applies only to the 4th Circuit, that is Maryland and Virginia, home to the CIA and the Pentagon. The effect on national security journalism, already seriously hampered by subpoena threats from the DOJ and harassment by the FBI, could be chilling.
This is not the only piece of recent legal news that spells threat for investigative and national security journalism in the US. A judge’s recent decision to allow Bradley Manning’s charge of aiding the enemy could have its own effects. As the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project director Ben Wizner said, by treating the leaking information as treasonous “[t]he government purports to criminalize any information that is published somewhere where the enemy can see it.” Read Yochai Benkler on how this is an attack on national security journalism.
BLESS YOU, THE GUARDIAN.
That’s No Joke. Consider: He is the most quietly effective politician in D.C. (Don’t laugh.) The “Most Influential Vice President in History.” (Seriously, stop laughing.) One of our nation’s most senior statesmen. (Look it up!) So why is the man who could be the next president also the butt of so many jokes? Jeanne Marie Laskas gets to know the most misunderstood man in Washington.
"There’s a sense that there’s an inconsistency in being able to relate to people personally and being…innovative," he says. "Being very…substantively informed. Put it that way." He throws his head back with a tiny laugh of surrender. "Ha." He is not going to do this.
You can’t be a compassionate man, a guy without a mean bone in his body, and also a brilliant man. The public doesn’t have room for that—at least not in Joe Biden.
New York magazine has a new Anthony Weiner profile by Mark Jacobson. Some people are already giggling at what appears to be the writer’s crush on Huma Abedin, Weiner’s wife. Given that Abedin is strikingly lovely in every photo that’s been circulated of her, that hardly seems all that noteworthy. But that’s not to say there’s nothing worth noting about the profile’s descriptions of Abedin. Let’s take a look at one of the paragraphs Isaac Chotiner at The New Republic highlighted as one of the “silliest/creepiest tidbits”:She approached in a knit white top and navy-blue business skirt, her dark, almost black hair down to her shoulders. She wore bright-red lipstick, which gave her lips a 3-D look, her brown eyes were pools of empathy evolved through a thousand generations of what was good and decent in the history of the human race. The harsh, cheap buck lighting in the coffee shop couldn’t lay a glove on her. By the time she sat down, the harmony of angels had vanquished the tinny background music from every corporate space on the planet. Of course, you’d seen pictures before. But you’d also seen pictures of the Taj Mahal. It didn’t quite come up to actually being there.Hold it right there. I hate to join the Internet outrage machine, but my problem with this paragraph has nothing to do with whether or not Jacobson is attracted to Abedin. (Who cares, and who isn’t?)
Read more. [Image: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters]
"This reads like someone is trying to troll Edward Said." PERFECT ACCURATE SENTENCE.
The life of a war correspondent has never been cheaper. Travel, equipment… even the pay cheque is lighter. But the rules of engagement are different in today’s street-level combat zones, where the press corps’ blue flack jacket offers little protection against conflicts and more journalists than ever are paying the ultimate price for the scoop.
A must read on the changing landscape war journalists face in a world with a very different approach to warfare.
This is long and intense but completely worth the read.
35. You are hungry.
33. You’re drunk.
THIS IS FLAWLESS