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You know that this case is going on on the same courthouse in which mr.
Holmes is being prosecuted.
And those of us in the press -- our colleagues in the media throughout the country would be wise to watch both cases.
Because the one involving Jana winter who was our fox colleague could profoundly affect everybody who was in the news business and everybody who relies on the media for information.
Jana of course received information from sources that she chooses not to reveal as the Colorado.
Law permits her to choose not to reveal indicating that to James Holmes perpetrators of this massacre in July have -- 2012.
Had some notebooks.
About his -- maniacal and musings.
That he gave to a psychiatrist at the public university was attending.
Interest in emphasis on -- the psychiatrist was an employee of the government the university is owned by the government.
So the same government that let this happen was aware of the fact that a very dangerous person had guns.
And was having these crazy maniacal musings.
It's of profound interest to the public that the public knows these things so -- our colleague.
Reported truthfully and accurately on the existence.
These notebooks prior to that slaughter.
-- last summer.
And the delivery of these notebooks to a government employee a psychiatrist now therein lies the rub.
Defense counsel says I hop up.
-- -- leaking in an effort to try and influence the outcome of the case.
We're entitled to know who the leaker is and that gets us to an exception in the Colorado shield law the statute that lets.
Bona fide journalists keep secret keep to themselves the identity there sources.
And that -- -- basically says.
If the court decides that it needs this information.
More than the reporter needs secrecy.
Then the court should get it at a course effectively cuts that shield law because it basically says a judge can interfere with the shield law protection.
Whenever the judge -- that's the predicament we're in as we speak.
She's been ordered to appear in Colorado superior court tomorrow on Tuesday and she will be and then told bring a -- meaning.
She very -- -- be spending the evening in jail not to punish -- but to coerce her to pressure her.
To cough up the names of -- sources.
Now judge there have been.
Reporters in the last decade or so that ever call.
Being threatened with jail time for their reporting and the outrage in the journalism community seems to be widespread -- a lot of those cases and and I know this case obviously has a lot of us at Fox News wound up because she's done a great job of reporting that -- good old fashioned reporting.
Are you surprised that perhaps other networks other publications have not gotten as outraged as as perhaps they should.
Well I am I can I don't know why because this is not an ideological.
Issue this cuts across the board.
And this issue of the court.
In validating and a case by case basis the shield law the law that lets the reporter shield -- the identity.
Of her or his sources.
Could affect any reporter you or me or anybody at NBC ABC CBS CNBC MSNBC all all of our competition.
Could be affected by this and here's why might it -- if reporters can't guarantee.
To whistle blowers and sources when the government is involved.
Then reports -- the reporter's principal sources will be the government itself.
The government's track record and being transparent and truthful stinks and plain English.
No matter who is the head of the government they don't like the public to know what's going on and they are there they are not embed with the truth.
So we we will never know what is truly going on with the government if we have to rely on the government itself to tell us.
And only the guarantee of anonymity.
Will in induce sources to come forward.
If China goes to jail and if she caves in jail and I know I don't think she'll -- -- -- she does go to jail.
This we'll have a chilling effect on all reporters -- -- who employs them when they try and find out the truth from a reluctant government.
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