Friday, December 16, 2005

Freedom of the Press?

This paragraph comes intact from a headline article in the New York Times discussing the secret monitoring of domestic phone calls by the NSA:
The White House asked The New York Times not to publish this article, arguing that it could jeopardize continuing investigations and alert would-be terrorists that they might be under scrutiny. After meeting with senior administration officials to hear their concerns, the newspaper delayed publication for a year to conduct additional reporting. Some information that administration officials argued could be useful to terrorists has been omitted.

It just makes you wonder, what stories has the White House asked newspapers, including those which is much more ideologically comfortable with than the Times, not to publish? The Times, as I would hope and expect, published anyway. What we will never hear about are the stories that, in accordance with political requests or demands, never made it into the paper at all.

I know I sound like a broken record, but the lack of governmental honesty and accountability is depressing.


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