NEWSWATCH by Thomas Griffith: When the Law and the Press Collide


The mighty New York Times has been a melancholy place: its presses stopped by a strike, its newsroom empty; one of its reporters, Myron Farber, yo-yoing between jail cell and court hearings on contempt charges; the paper itself hit by a $100,000 fine for contempt and a $5,000-a-day fine for every day it continued to defy a New Jersey court in the same Farber case. To top it all off, in its legal difficulties, the Times seemed to be losing public support and press sympathy—partly because of "terrible coverage," says A.M. Rosenthal, the...

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