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Shield laws are beneficial and necessary for reporters in todays society With the harsh attack dog media serving the public informants need some type of protection for their identity This is especially true today with the large importance of public perspective and marketability If an informant leaked valuable information that greatly altered the publics perspective on an individual or institution then there would be individuals feeling some hostility towards the informant Without shield laws many would be informants would be intimidated to release valuable and critical information If shield laws were in place than new stories such as Watergate the Monica Lewinski scandal and the White House surveillance issues would be non-existent Furthur more important insider information such as crime leads and sporting analysis may even be faltered Some critics claim that shield laws favor the media because it grants them special privileges because they are not forced to release information However others also receive special privileges If Ted Kennedy can drive a girl into a lake let her drown and not serve a day in jail then a newspaper writer can refuse to tell someone where he got hisher information from In conclusion Shield laws not only protect past information but also help to draw in new ones Without them the newspaper would be full of articles discussing the writers opinion and known factual information Insider information and tips would be inexistent
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