"Good journalists don't just take information that is given to them at face value," Kirtley said. "They question it. They check it. They go behind the scenes. Things don't drop into your lap, and I think that's how some people think journalists work."
"As a general proposition, I think settlements are bad because they send a message to other litigants that news organizations basically will buy their way out of lawsuits," Kirtley said. "This is a powerful corporation and it represents a powerful industry, and I think everyone should be concerned about the future of investigative reporting when powerful entities can bring an action like this and bring a settlement."