As reported by MacMinute:
"Eight of California's largest newspapers -- including the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News -- and The Associated Press are supporting three online Mac journalists who published details on an unreleased Apple product. The organizations submitted a court brief last week asking that the Mac sites be allowed to keep their sources confidential in the case brought on by Apple. "The media companies said [judge] Kleinberg's ruling, if upheld, could impair the ability of all journalists to reveal important news, from financial corruption to government cover-ups. Before demanding that the online publishers' Internet provider turn over e-mail records, the companies said, Apple should 'exhaust all alternative sources' of identifying the source of the leaks."
"...could impair the ability of all journalists to reveal important news, from financial corruption to government cover-ups."
Umm ... where is the financial corruption or government coverups in reporting STOLEN INFORMATION THAT WAS OBTAINED THROUGH BREACH OF CONTRACT???