March 05, 2006
Old Media Dishes Out A Dose of Castor Oil

I’m not used to seeing an article in the MSM as strongly worded as this one in today’s Washington Post. The word Nixon even creeps in there. Could this signal the beginning of the end of the nightmare? We can only hope. A short teaser is below, but go read the whole thing.

Some media watchers, lawyers and editors say that, taken together, the incidents represent perhaps the most extensive and overt campaign against leaks in a generation, and that they have worsened the already-tense relationship between mainstream news organizations and the White House.

“There’s a tone of gleeful relish in the way they talk about dragging reporters before grand juries, their appetite for withholding information, and the hints that reporters who look too hard into the public’s business risk being branded traitors,” said New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller, in a statement responding to questions from The Washington Post. “I don't know how far action will follow rhetoric, but some days it sounds like the administration is declaring war at home on the values it professes to be promoting abroad.”

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Posted by Buck Batard at March 05, 2006 08:05 AM
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Hate to do this again (link to my blog), but I see a real problem here. I expect the MSM to shy away from real reporting even further.

My thoughts are here.

Posted by: spiiderweb on March 5, 2006 10:19 AM

Indeed "action follows rhetoric" ---Valerie Plame was "outed"; James Moore (author of Bush's Brain) found himself on the "No Fly List" and thereby stranded at the airport. I believe I saw another recent report about a person encountering "No Fly List" retaliation.
The history of dictatorships of all eras strongly recommends the conclusion that the "leaked" reports of NSA "blanket/no restrictions" surveillance of USA citizens' telephonic and email corespondence are Bush Administration directed "leaks", designed as a repression of both public and private discussion of political actions/policies.

Posted by: Hoffmann on March 5, 2006 5:09 PM
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