“Some Journalists Allow Themselves to be Manipulated”

Rendall, Steve; Jackson, Janine
December 2003
Extra!;Dec2003, Vol. 16 Issue 6, p12
This article presents an interview with Robert Jensen, a professor of journalism at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas on the issue of confidentiality and journalistic responsibility. Jensen' share his insights about the difference between the so-called leak and a plant and how such distinction applies in the case of the White House information leakage controversy involving the report of journalist Joseph Wilson. Jensen also discussed about the conditions by journalists should be released from confidentiality. Concerns about punishing the journalists who receive the confidential information rather going after the information leakers are likewise discussed during the interview.


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