The New York Times’s journalistic obedience - Salon.com
Glenn Greenwald on how the Gray Lady has been lying to you for weeks. He writes:
“In other words, the NYT knew about Davis’ work for the CIA (and Blackwater) but concealed it because the U.S. Government told it to. Now that The Guardian and other foreign papers reported it, the U.S. Government gave permission to the NYT to report this, so now that they have government license, they do so — only after it’s already been reported by other newspapers which don’t take orders from the U.S. Government.
It’s one thing for a newspaper to withhold information because they believe its disclosure would endanger lives. But here, the U.S. Government has spent weeks making public statements that were misleading in the extreme — Obama’s calling Davis ‘our diplomat in Pakistan’ — while the NYT deliberately concealed facts undermining those government claims because government officials told them to do so. That’s called being an active enabler of government propaganda.”
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Are we surprised here? The NYT has been happy to simply repeat government claims sans research or criticism for over a decade now. Remember Judith Miller? Remember waiting *over a year* to report on extraordinary rendition until conveniently after the election? Remember asking permission on Wikileaks? They’re an embarrassment to news organizations everywhere and barely betterr than The Post.
I feel you’re blame’s probably misplaced. It’s not the NYT’s fault if the government says that giving a piece of information now will endanger someone’s life, and to please delay the info - delay, not never report. They have little choice to believe it. Blame the government for abusing the favor.