Brian “Empty Suit” Calame has a nice little paragraph at the end of his column today. Says, sort of, that perhaps leaking classified information and publishing it on the front page of the New York Times in a manner that aids our enemies might not have been a dandy idea after all.
My July 2 column strongly supported The Timesâ€™s decision to publish its June 23 article on a once-secret banking-data surveillance program. After pondering for several months, I have decided I was off base. There were reasons to publish the controversial article, but they were slightly outweighed by two factors to which I gave too little emphasis. While itâ€™s a close call now, as it was then, I donâ€™t think the article should have been published.
What kept me from seeing these matters more clearly earlier in what admittedly was a close call? I fear I allowed the vicious criticism of The Times by the Bush administration to trigger my instinctive affinity for the underdog and enduring faith in a free press â€” two traits that I warned readers about in my first column.
Perhaps he was blinded by something else?
I will readily agree that perhaps the NYT is not actively working for the destruction of the country and the loss of the war. I would also point out that many of their actions do not consistently support that thesis.
Hat tip JustOneMinute.
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