Sticking Up for the New York Times
President Bush rabel-rouses and calls the actions of the New York Times, in writing about the secret Operation Swift program that used national security letters to obtain records relate to international banking transactions, "disgraceful." Conservatives are rallying to his cry.
Who's sticking up for the Times?
Froomkim is a must read.
As far as I can tell, all these disclosures do is alert the American public to the fact that all this stuff is going on without the requisite oversight, checks and balances. How does it possibly matter to a terrorist whether the government got a court order or not? Or whether Congress was able to exercise any oversight? The White House won't say. In fact, it can't say. By contrast, it does matter to us.
This column has documented, again and again , that when faced with a potentially damaging political problem, White House strategist Karl Rove's response is not to defend, but to attack.
Arianna who has hardly been a pal to the Times this year comes out strongly in its camp:
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