But it’s too early to say whether the alphabet soup of investigatory entities lining up to look in to the matter will do the same—after all, in the wake of the Valerie Plame debacle and other high-profile assaults on reporter-source relations, the notion that a reporter can safely guarantee anonymity to a source is pretty sketchy. “This is a Hearst newspaper. We’ve been through the San Francisco Chronicle thing,” says Smith, alluding to the two Chronicle sports reporters who faced federal jail time for their refusal to testify about their sources in the BALCO steroid case. “I don’t like at all where this is going,” Smith says. “It’s still a little too close for comfort.”




——-Original Message——-


From: Odato, Jim
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 3:16 PM
To: ‘Darren.Dopp@chamber.state.ny.us’
Subject: foil request

Re: Freedom of Information Law Request

June 27, 2007


Darren Dopp
Director of Communications
Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s Office
Albany, NY

Dear Mr. Dopp:


Under provisions of the New York Freedom of Information Law, please provide me records identifying the use of the state aircraft by Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Lt. Gov. David Paterson, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco and Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith.
I seek the material for calendar year 2007.


Please include any materials that explain the purpose of the trips, itineraries, manifests and the schedules for Gov. Spitzer and Lt. Gov. Paterson for the days in which they used the state aircraft for any purpose.


Please provide any and all materials relating to this request as soon as possible.
Thank you.


Sincerely,

James M. Odato
Reporter
Albany Times Union
454 5083 office



——-Original Message——-


From: Odato, Jim
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 1:12 PM
To: ‘Darren.Dopp@chamber.state.ny.us’
Subject: RE: FOIL



Re: Freedom of Information Law Request
July 10, 2007


As a follow-up to my June 27, 2007 request for records under the New York Freedom of Information Law, I want to make it clear that I also request records through the end of June 2007.


The records I request identify the use of the state aircraft by Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Lt. Gov. David Paterson, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco and Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith.


Please include any materials that explain the purpose of the trips, itineraries, manifests and the schedules for Gov. Spitzer and Lt. Gov. Paterson - an anyone else on the list for which you have such materials - for the days in which they used the state aircraft for any purpose.


Please provide any and all materials relating to this request as soon as possible.


Thank you.


Sincerely,


James M. Odato
Reporter
Albany Times Union
454 5083 office

Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.