18 Comm. & L. 65 (1996)
The 60 Minutes Controversy: What Lawyers Are Telling the News Media

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JOSEPH A. RUSSOMANNO
KYU HO YOUM
The 60 Minutes Controversy:
What Lawyers Are Telling
the News Media
Joseph Russomanno is Assistant
Professor, Walter Cronkite School of
Journalism and Telecommunication,
Arizona State University; Kyu Ho Youm is
Professor, Walter Cronkite School of
Journalism and Telecommunication,
Arizona State University.
In the United States-where courts serve as the final arbitrators of
conflicts in maintaining its rule-of-law body politic-lawyers are more
or less an everyday necessity and, at the same time, a necessary evil for
Americans.' This is especially the case with the news media, which face
litigation as an occupational hazard. FirstAmendment scholar Rodney
Smolla stated:
One of the great temptations for the attorney who regularly counsels
a media outlet, whether it be a major national publication or a small
local radio station, is to resolve in advance all potentially dangerous
story problems against the client, and to counsel the client not to run
1. ROY GRUTMAN & BiLL THOMAS, LAWYERS AND THIEVES 51, 64 (1990).

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