Jewell filed a motion for sanctions, asking that the newspaper and its reporters be held in contempt of court based upon their knowing, willful, conscious, deliberate, and public refusal to obey the trial court's order requiring them to reveal their confidential sources. During discovery Jewell sought the disclosure of certain confidential sources that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and its reporters relied upon in publishing allegedly defamatory statements. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution argues that these communications are privileged and protected by the First Amendment and by statute.
Yes, Richard Jewell was bombarded by the media because of his status as a national hero. Anyone who becomes a national hero is bound to be bombarded by the media - it's sort of expected. Why wouldn't you be? You are a national hero and have probably done something really good to help the world.
Richard Jewell felt harassed by the media to the point that he sued them. He also felt harrssed because he was initially accused by the media of being involved in the bombing, even though there was never any evidence that he was and he wa never considered a suspect by the police.
In all walks of life, the media seems to have ever-increasing control on the lives of ordinary people and our institutions. Richard Jewell's trail by the media is a classic example of the media taking power into their own hands and enforcing their will on the good taxpayers of the USA, and yes, other parts of the world. Apart from the sociological damage inflicted on Jewell and his family, our own sense of freedom and privacy is compromised when the media is apparently given such unrestrained powers of interrogations. Huge media corporations such as Fox news and CNN, are unrepresentative high priests who cast out assumptions and accusations on large swaths of the population. Richard Jewell should have been judged by our courts not by a subjective media.