Thursday, January 19, 2006

What's Good For the Goose

For decades, newsrooms have shredded or thrown away notes some time after using them both to save space and to prevent prosecutors like Fitzgerald from demanding them as part of an investigation. This “routine expungement is a longstanding practice in many news organizations,” says Sandra Davidson, a professor of communications law at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Yet, when companies like Arthur Anderson do it the media holds a lynching and forces them out of business.  Go figure.

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