"The Texas case involves deception," Mr. Tompkins said in an email. "Journalists sometimes use deceptive tactics, but only as a last resort and with the full knowledge that if they break the law they will have to answer for that. Journalists should not seek immunity or protections not available to other citizens."
"I am saddened most by the loss of the concept of lots of regional bureaus that cover the news around the country," Mr. Tompkins said in an email. "And I hate to hear that some dedicated and talented journalists are facing tough times."