Filed on behalf of CNN, Buzzfeed, New York Times, Politico, Washington Post, NBC Universal, and the Associated Press, asks the court to provide to the media organizations the full names and home addreses of the men and women who were summoned and selected by the federal government to serve as jurors in Manafort’s fraud case.
This request for the names and home addresses of the jurors comes a day after deliberating began for the charges being brought against Paul Manafort.
Outing the names and home addresses of private citizens sitting on a jury is at best questionable ethics, however it can lead to witness tampering. Al Tompkins Al Tompkins, a senior faculty member at The Poynter Institute is quoted as saying, “Generally, there is a policy against publishing juror names,” Tompkins said. “Among journalists, there genuinely is the feeling that there is no good, compelling reason to identify these people.”
Because jurors do not volunteer for their roles, many journalists question whether they should be thrust into the limelight. According to Tompkins, both before and after a verdict is rendered, most newsrooms err on the side of caution when making these decisions. Not so in this case.
CNN has in the past doxxed private citizens, as well as threatened these citizens with exposing who they are privately. One example is when CNN harassed an elderly women in front of her home with the claim of her helping the Russians help Trump. The woman had simply shared a pro Trump meme on Facebook that was later discovered to be planted by a Russian bot. The reporter badgering her, demanding to know why she colluded with the Russians to hurt Hillary.
In another incident of CNN attempting to intimidate a private citizen was when a Reddit user created a meme of Trump wrestling CNN, the network. The network threatened to identify the reddit user if he did not stop harassing the network.
When these media sources do everything in their power to protect their source of information. Claiming anonymous source, unidentified official, yet they are demanding to know the identity and address of the individuals sitting on a jury. One would wonder about their intentions.
These actions on behalf of the media could possibly endanger the lives of the people they are exposing, which begs the question, How responsible is journalism today?