Linkatharsis: she's got the terrible Tuesdays
a) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah tickets on sale
c) America catches soccer fever!
d) Henrico County (Va) school system sells 1,000 iBooks for $50 each (more pics of the iBook riot in the link)
But Schneider is correct, and Patrick Goldstein has not yet won a Pulitzer Prize. Therefore, Goldstein is not qualified to complain that Columbia financed 'Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo' while passing on the opportunity to participate in 'Million Dollar Baby,' 'Ray,' 'The Aviator,' 'Sideways' and 'Finding Neverland.' As chance would have it, I have won the Pulitzer Prize, and so I am qualified. Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks.
A shield law protects the confidentiality of a source who talks to the press about a crime - i.e. the police can't compel a reporter to release the identity of an anonymous drug dealer. It does not protect a source who isn't talking about a crime, but rather, committing a crime by talking.
For example, the California shield law didn't protect an Apple rumor site and its source at Apple because, California's trade secret law was violated when the anonymous source released the information to the site and the site published the information. Likewise in the Plame case, the crime was in releasing the information, and Judith Miller was, depending on how you look at it, an accessory or an enabler of the crime.
NPR's On The Media had a pretty informative segment on this very issue a few weeks back and made the distinction a lot clearer than I just did. You can listen or read here.