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21 October 2005

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Volume IV, Number 126
US Journalists Need Shield Law and Standards -- On occasion, distinguishing the message from the messenger is difficult no matter how necessary. So, it is with the New York Times’ alleged journalist Judith Miller and her recent demands for a federal shield law that would prevent journalists from going to jail when they refuse to reveal a confidential source. Having served 85 days for contempt in the Plame-Libby-Rove mess, she certainly has standing. And one shouldn’t let her incompetent, unethical and almost treasonous cheerleading in the run up to the attack on Iraq interfere with the merits of the case. That said, her utter lack of standards as a journalist suggest that any such law should require a detailed code of behavior for reporters.

British Tories Leadership Race Continues -- The party of Churchill and Thatcher has fallen on hard times. Out of office since the disastrous result of the 1997 election, the British Tories haven’t really ever recovered from the Westminster matricide that ousted Mrs. T in 1990. The current leadership fight has come down to two men, David Cameron and David Davis, who seem to be as interchangeable as their first names. The race comes down to style because the Conservatives of Britain have no ideas that Tony Blair hasn’t stolen.

Thinking for a Living Takes on Management of Knowledge Workers -- Ever since the business school elevated the rather simple job of managing a workforce into a fake intellectual discipline, there has been an unfortunate emphasis on the quantifiable. In the bad old days of “time-and-motion” experts who measured how long it took Reg and Mick on the assembly line to turn their screws, quantifiable statistics made some sense. However, the US economy is down to 10% manufacturing in the broadest sense. Managing knowledge workers requires something else. Thinking for a Living by Thomas H. Davenport acknowledges this but fails to overcome the b-school nonsense about management.

NBA Dress Code is Nonsense -- “The clothes make the man” goes the old lie. Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein never shopped at Brooks Brothers, had a suit made in Saville Row nor were mistaken for models in Milan. However, David Stern has decided that the National Basketball Association’s players must wear “business casual” attire when on “team or league business.” Of course, a game is both, but that isn’t what his policy addresses. What he wants, in those PR moments like interviews and post-game interviews, is for everyone look a little less – well, poor and black.

© Copyright 2005 by The Kensington Review, J. Myhre, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.

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