Earlier this year, the Chronicle editorial board advocated a state law that would create new privileges for professional journalists. The legislation died.
Undeterred, the Chronicle editorial board today advocates a national law that would create new privileges for professional journalists:
The obvious solution is a federal shield law guaranteeing the confidentiality of journalists’ communications with sources. The natural propensity of news reporters to print what they know will prevent abuse of the privilege.
Sure. Because professional journalists always disclose everything they know.
We remain unconvinced by the editorial idealists on this issue.