Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Journo wins Iraq-rooted dismissal case against ABC News

Richard Gizbert, a Canadian-born journalist let go by ABC News after he refused assignments to Iraq, has won his wrongful dismissal case. An excerpt from the BBC story: Mr Gizbert had been a member of staff at ABC for 11 years but left to freelance in 2002. The tribunal heard he had previously reported from […]

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NYT links to blogger reaction over 'spying' story

Editor and Publisher says it's a possible first for a major NYT story: The paper's website has linked to external bloggers' comments about its big scoop on the Bush adminstration allowing some domestic spying by the NSA without a warrant. In that sense, the NYT is behind the Washington Post, which has been linking to blogger reaction […]

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Predictable shitstorm over Bush-approved domestic spying

According to the BBC, some U.S. senators are not pleased with the Bush administration to allow to National Security Agency to conduct some domestic spying without a warrant. Some excerpts: The NSA is normally barred from eavesdropping within the US. Republican Senator John McCain called for an explanation, while Senator Arlen Specter, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, […]

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Iraqi police arrested Zarqawi — and released him?!?!

If this story is true, then maybe the Iraqis really aren't ready to take over responsibility yet for their own security. From the BBC: A 'wanted' poster for Zarqawi: there is a $25m bounty on his head Iraqi police captured and mistakenly released militant leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi last year, the Iraqi deputy interior minister […]

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Bush, McCain reach deal on anti-torture bill

Dubya and Republican Sen. John McCain reached a compromise on McCain's anti-torture bill — one that allows CIA interrogators to use the defence that a reasonable person would believe they were acting under a legal order. An excerpt from the NYT story: The president said that the agreement would “make it clear to the world […]

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Bush secretly lifted some spying restraints after 9/11: NYT

Get a warrant is such a chore when you're trying to hunt terrorists. So in 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush secretly signed a presidential order allowing the National Security Agency to conduct some domestic wiretapping without a warrant. An excerpt from the NYT story: Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the intelligence agency […]

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Turkish writer on trial for talking about the Armenian genocide

Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk has remarked about the Armenian genocide. He stands accused of “insulting Turkishness” and could be jailed for three years if convicted. A European Union official says the affair could have implications for Turkey's attempt to join the EU. An excerpt from the BBC story: Olli Rehn, who oversees Turkey's moves to […]

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More charges laid against Conrad Black

This is not turning into a holly, jolly Christmas for poor Conrad. The U.S. federal prosecutors have added charges of racketeering and obstruction to the ones of fraud the former Hollinger International honcho was already facing.

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