If I thought they’d kept silent to protect our country, I’d be impressed



New York Times, Washington Post, knew about secret drone base in Saudi Arabia a year ago but spiked the story at the request of the White House. How many secrets did these two papers disclose during the Bush administration despite pleas from the White House and even the Pentagon, which said, accurately, that disclosure would cost American lives? So their claim that they sat on this story out of deference to national security concerns is risible. Enemies of the people.


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15 responses to “If I thought they’d kept silent to protect our country, I’d be impressed

  1. Peg

    This is one of the most serious threats to our nation, Chris. No – I don’t mean the drones…. I mean the fact that the (purportedly) most respected news outlets in our nation really no longer report news, and are now shills for the Democratic party.

    The Republican party surely has plenty of flaws. Nevertheless, trying to get anywhere while battling a deeply partisan press is a mountain of work.

    Many so-called journalists should be deeply ashamed.

  2. Publius

    The NYT and WaPo are slowly but surely going out of business unfortunately not fast enough. I can find no justification for a death tax but the Sulzberger and Graham families may be the only exception to my thinking. I long ago stopped buying the NYT because the quality of the journalism had declined and the paper itself morphed from factual reporting to one large op-ed for the Upper West Side crowd. The NYT and Sulzberger are the biggest hypocrites save perhaps from Al Gore. Sadly, they still get a lot of air time even though they are slouching more to the Patch model.

  3. meridenite

    If I ever chance to meet pinch my first impulse would be to punch him in the nose.

    • Libertarian Advocate

      meridenite: What he richly deserves is a swift hard kick to the nads. Only problem is he has none, so why waste the effort?

  4. Peg

    What amazes me as much as anything is this. I know a number of people – smart people, well educated people, good hearted and caring people – who would be mystified by what we are saying here (and no, I am not talking about the FMP’s….) They still believe that the New York Times is the ultimate icon of journalism. They subscribe to the religion of MM global climate change, of guns being the cause of violence, of massive government intervention being the answer to so many of our ills, of capitalism and business people being nasty, harsh and evil, of Barack Obama and Al Gore and Michael Moore and Paul Krugman and Rachel Maddow and all the rest of that crowd being the best and the brightest ….

    How is it possible? How can they not understand that market forces are really no different than the laws of physics and you cannot will them away? How can they have so little understanding of human nature and motivation?

    These are not bad people; really. But what they want our country to do is so very destructive and ultimately really the opposite of the goals that they want…

    Why can’t they see it?

    • Daniel

      Because they are government, rely on government or profit from government.

    • Publius

      There are many people who believe themselves infallible and however they came to their beliefs it is “settled science”. People no longer think or more specifically critically think. What passes for critical thought is emotion. Many cannot or will not defend their beliefs because they are indefensible which is why when you try and debate these folks, you end up in a cul de sac

  5. AJ

    The news no longer reports news, and the NYPD no longer protects and serves: they say they’re not obligated to. So what’s the city paying them for? Does everybody in NYC need to carry a gun?

    “WeAreChange recently got the opportunity to meet and Interview Joe Lozito, the selfless hero who put his life on the line to stop a serial killer. The story is only magnified when Joe finds out, that while being stabbed by the serial killer, the NYPD was standing by watching everything unfold from the safety of the conductors door. Currently in a legal suit, the NYPD and City of NY is arguing that the NYPD has NO duty to protect its own citizens…”

  6. Dollar Bill

    CF asks “How many secrets did these two papers disclose during the Bush administration despite pleas from the White House and even the Pentagon, which said, accurately, that disclosure would cost American lives?”

    How could you forget these two?

    “in mid-2004 when the New York Times discovered – thanks to a courageous DOJ whistleblower – that the Bush administration was eavesdropping on the electronic communications of Americans without the warrants required by the criminal law. But after George Bush summoned to the Oval Office the paper’s publisher (Arthur Sulzberger) and executive editor (Bill Keller) and directed them to conceal what they had learned, the NYT complied by sitting on the story for a-year-and-a-half: until late December, 2005, long after Bush had been safely re-elected. The “national security” excuse for this concealment was patently ludicrous from the start: everyone knew the US government was trying to eavesdrop on al-Qaida communications and this story merely revealed that they were doing so illegally (without warrants) rather than legally (with warrants). By concealing the story for so long, the New York Times helped the Bush administration illegally spy on Americans.

    “The Washington Post’s Dana Priest, in a superb act of journalism, reported in 2005 that the CIA was maintaining a network of secret “black sites” where detainees were interrogated and abused beyond the monitoring scrutiny of human rights groups and even Congress. But the Post purposely concealed the identity of the countries serving as the locale of those secret prisons in order to enable the plainly illegal program to continue without bothersome disruptions: “the Washington Post is not publishing the names of the Eastern European countries involved in the covert program, at the request of senior US officials.”

    (h/t Glenn Greenwald)

    • pulled up in OG

      Okee doke. Scratch that one from the Pity Party index.

    • Peg

      Dollar Bill just loves MAKING IT UP – along with his progressive cronies:

      The mood also has brightened after a rancorous period leading up to the midterm elections, when the Times became a favorite punching bag for the Bush administration and its “Amen chorus within the Fox News world and Murdochland,” in Keller’s words. Twice the Times defied administration pleas and published national security stories based on classified information (see “Judgment Calls,” October/November ); the first of those, printed after a year-long delay, won a Pulitzer Prize. “It feels like the zeitgeist has shifted a little back in our favor,” Keller says, helped in part by recent scoops by the Times’ Washington bureau, including revelations of one classified memo by National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley expressing doubts about Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, and another by Donald H. Rumsfeld two days before he departed as defense secretary calling for a “major adjustment” in Iraq.

  7. stedenko

    come on… everybody knows US residents must purvey foreign media to get an up to date glimpse of what going on at home.

    the us drone bases in the land of saud were reported internationlly a couple of years ago