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Sep 04, 2011 As Sports Medicine Surges, Hope and Hype Outpace Proven Treatments

QUOTE: growing problems in sports medicine, a medical subspecialty that has been experiencing explosive growth. Part of the field’s popularity, among patients and doctors alike, stems from the fact that celebrity athletes, desperate to get back to playing after an injury, have been trying unproven treatments, giving the procedures a sort of star appeal. But now researchers are questioning many of the procedures, including new ones that often have no rigorous studies to back them up.

New York Times
Jul 09, 2011 Scandals Redefine Rules for the Press in Europe

QUOTE: A widening phone-hacking scandal is prompting a broad reassessment of the balance between press freedom and privacy in Britain, even as France grapples with the consequences of its tradition of protecting the powerful.

New York Times
Jun 10, 2011 Negative Online Data Can Be Challenged, at a Price

QUOTE: The speed at which someone’s reputation can be damaged, even with false information, makes combating defamatory remarks tough....Technology companies are not the only resource for cleaning up a reputation. Security and investigative firms can also help.

New York Times
May 22, 2011 Free Speech on Twitter Faces Test

QUOTE: The soccer player has been granted a so-called super-injunction, a stringent and controversial British legal measure that prevents media outlets from identifying him, reporting on the story or even from revealing the existence of the court order itself. But tens of thousands of Internet users have flouted the injunction by revealing his name on Twitter, Facebook and online soccer forums, sites that blur the definition of the press and are virtually impossible to police.

New York Times
May 21, 2011 The Gossip Machine, Churning Out Cash

QUOTE: This is how it works in the new world of round-the-clock gossip, where even a B-list celebrity’s tangle with the law can be spun into easy money, feeding the public’s seemingly bottomless appetite for dirt about the famous. A growing constellation of Web sites, magazines and television programs serve it up minute by minute, creating a river of cash for secrets of the stars, or near-stars.

New York Times
Feb 27, 2011 Insulting Chuck Lorre, Not Abuse, Gets Sheen Sidelined

QUOTE: So the message from CBS and Warner Brothers seems clear: abuse yourself and the women around you to your heart’s content, but do not attack the golden goose.

New York Times
Oct 14, 2009 Schwarzenegger signs bill to crack down on paparazzi: The law will toughen existing regulations on paparazzi, but it could be challenged in court on First Amendment grounds.

QUOTE: Some legal experts agree that it [the new paparazzi law] raises First Amendment issues and could chill the gathering of information.

Christian Science Monitor
Feb 02, 2008 Detox for the Camera. Doctor’s Order!

QUOTE: “I have a pretty keen ethical compass,” [says] Dr. [Drew] Pinsky...Some fans and fellow professionals say that with “Celebrity Rehab” he has careened over it, [calling it] “yet another example of the dumbing down and trivialization of a very serious chronic illness that robs people of their dignity and respect.”

New York Times
Oct 20, 2007 Critical Letter to Limbaugh Fetches $2 Million

QUOTE: The letter was bought by the Eugene B. Casey Foundation, a $294 million foundation in Gaithersburg, Md., that has given money to a wide variety of organizations, including the Washington Opera and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. In a statement, the foundation said its purchase of the letter was intended to demonstrate its belief in freedom of speech and “to support Rush Limbaugh, his views and his continuing education of us.”

New York Times
Oct 02, 2007 Court cases focus on famous faces

QUOTE: The feud is playing out in New York and California. It pits the rights of estates to approve any use of the celebrity's image against the First Amendment right to use images and words of famous people for purposes such as research and art.

Aug 30, 2007 For Idaho Paper And Reporter, Craig Story Posed a Moral Dilemma

QUOTE: The kind of dilemma facing the Statesman has played out repeatedly in recent years as news organizations have grappled with secondhand accounts about political figures and questionable sexual conduct.

Washington Post
Dec 20, 2006 In Miss USA drama, comeuppance for US 'raunch culture': The story reflects a clash between the pageant's wholesome image and a US society that glamorizes bad behavior.

QUOTE: When young women get caught acting out in inappropriate ways, as Conner did, they are in fact reflecting the culture, Ms. Levy said Tuesday in a phone interview. "We tend to vilify individuals and act like they're the cause of this when, in fact, they're a symptom," says Levy.

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 25, 2006 The Pickup Ad That's Carrying Lots of Baggage

QUOTE: Lemack says that when she first heard about the commercial, "the the first thing that ran through my mind was 'Why would Mom's murder be used to sell trucks?'...Attempts to cash in on King's image have proven controversial before.

Washington Post
May 16, 2006 Baseball Is a Game of Numbers, but Whose Numbers Are They?

QUOTE: Major League Baseball Advanced Media, which purchased the players' Internet and wireless rights from the players union in January 2005 for $50 million over five years, contends that the players' identities are being exploited in a business venture distinct from conventional journalism.

New York Times
Apr 17, 2006 'Gotcha' Master Tastes His Own Medicine

QUOTE: Mazher Mahmood, a reporter whose modus operandi is to dress up as a wealthy Arab businessman and secretly record conversations with his unwitting victims, recently met his match in George Galloway...questions about the lengths to which Fleet Street will go to expose public figures' drug habits, corruption and sexual peccadilloes.

New York Times
Jan 31, 2006 The ABCs of Iraq Injuries

QUOTE: Obviously, as an anchor for a major network, Woodruff enjoys a certain degree of fame, and famous people tend to get more media coverage.

Washington Post
Nov 09, 2005 Are You a 'Public Figure'?

QUOTE: Can being mentioned on the net turn an ordinary citizen into a public figure with severely limited abilities to fight libel and defamation lawsuits? According to a Florida judge's ruling -- perhaps the first of its kind in the United States -- the answer is yes.

Jun 18, 2005 Michael, Meet Fatty: What Michael Jackson Owes to Fatty Arbuckle

ABSTRACT: "Not guilty by reason of celebrity," was one common reaction to last week's acquittal of Michael Jackson on all 10 counts against him. The notion of "celebrity justice" -- as distinct from conventional justice -- has taken hold across America.

Washington Post
Dec 06, 2004 Breathing New Life Into Dead Celebs

QUOTE: Until Richman and Roesler began their crusade of scorched-earth litigation, dead celebrities had no rights at all. Any sleazy huckster could use any dead celeb's picture to sell any kind of cheesy crapola -- and many sleazy hustlers did just that.

Washington Post
Feb 24, 2003 A New Meaning for Playground Basketball: Ranking Systems Put Spotlight on Youngsters

QUOTE: Some psychologists, coaches and recruiting analysts say tagging a player at such a tender stage is harmful, no matter how spectacular he might be as a pre-teen.

Washington Post
Jan 01, 2003 Branded: The Bullying and Selling of Teenagers

QUOTE: "...some of the forces, Alissa Quart explains in Branded, that turn teens into "victims of the contemporary luxury economy."

Perseus Books Group
Nov 25, 2001 Behind the Glamorous Life, His-and-hers Nest Eggs

QUOTE: Mr. Fox, 32, who worked alongside Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant to help the Lakers win their second consecutive N.B.A. championship last year, and Ms. Williams, 38, the actress and singer, like to keep their financial affairs — money management and bank accounts — apart.

New York Times
Jan 19, 2001 Aphrodisiac of Power

QUOTE: Jesse Jackson joins the club of powerful men whose private transgressions are inevitably exposed...handles it with a little class.