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APRIL 28 2008

1. Horton and Blackledge Tussle
2. Brett Blackledge and a Strange New Form of Journalism
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Horton and Blackledge Tussle
by Roger Shuler of Legal Schauzer

.....Really? As I told Dan Abrams in the broadcast that seems to have
given Rove (and his favorite 'Bama scribbler, BB[Brett Blackledge]) a
fit, Rove was involved in financing and strategizing for the financing of
the Riley campaign in 2002. Was this "secretly" and "behind the
scenes"? Only in the mind of BB. Just go look at the White House
website. You'll find that the key event in the course of campaign
fundraising for the Riley 2002 effort was a fundraiser conducted on
July 15, 2002 in Birmingham. The organizers were Karl Rove and Bill
Canary. The featured speaker was George Bush. There was nothing
remotely "secret" about it. It netted $4 million for the Riley campaign.
And what, I ask, does BB think that Karl Rove did as political director
at the White House? Networking with local Republicans and using the
clout of the White House to bolster the position of the president's
party is an essential piece of the job description.

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Brett Blackledge and a Strange New Form of
Journalism
by Roger Shuler of Legal Schauzer

Privett's first two pieces centered on Horton's criticisms of the
Alabama press.... In his Sunday piece, Privett gave the News' Pulitzer
Prize winning reporter Brett Blackledge a chance to fire back at
Horton.

I was expecting Blackledge to come out with both barrels blazing.
Instead, he's like one of those cartoon characters who fires a gun only
to have a little flag pop out, with the word "bang" on it.

Privett reports that Blackledge contacted NewsChannel 19 and asked
for a chance to respond to Horton's criticisms. That's an act from the
Eddie Curran School of Journalism, so I was expecting Blackledge to
be all slobber and spit and foam.

....[Instead] What the viewer gets is a written statement from
Blackledge, focusing mainly on the Jill Simpson component of the
Siegelman story:

    "The Alabama media and many other national media
    approached by Simpson, Siegelman, and others are
    challenging the more fantastic, and as yet unproven, claims of
    White House interference in Siegelman's case and asking for
    proof to substantiate such claims. It may exist, and if it does, it
    should be offered to help everyone understand the issue."

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Siegelman lauds pair who helped get him out
of jail
by Patricia C. McCarter of the Huntsville Times

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At a North Alabama Media Reform meeting Tuesday night,
Siegelman - free on an appeals bond after serving nine months on
federal bribery and corruption charges - called Rainsville
attorney/Republican whistle-blower Dana Jill Simpson a "true
American hero" and gave Columbia University law professor/Harper's
journalist Scott Horton a public "thank you."

<link to source>
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Journalist criticizes media's coverage of
Siegelman case
by Nancy Glasscock -  McClatchy-Tribune Information Services - for the Decatur
Daily

What was advertised as a media talk on politics and the Alabama
press turned into a pep rally against print news media Tuesday at The
University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Scott Horton, a Lawrence County native, writer for Harper's Magazine
and adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, gave a presentation
at the Shelby Center on the shortcomings of newspapers in providing
fair and accurate coverage....

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image captured from WHNT video feed

Greg Privett reports that Scott
Horton accuses Alabama press of
"becoming" a lapdog
image captured from WHNT video feed

Scott Horton claims that "the
Siegelman story was not the saga
of a corrupt politician...it was a
story of an investigation,
prosecution and trial conducted in
an unlawful and highly unethical
fashion....
further off the charts than
most of the cases that I am used
to studying in the former Soviet
Union."

<link to: Prepared Remarks for
the North Alabama Media Reform
by Scott Horton>