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1 Achilles Tang  Sun, Jun 10, 2012 7:03:04am

The NYT will print anything that sells a few more papers, regardless of impact on the country. Weren’t they the ones who once told OBL that the US was listening to his phone calls, for example?

2 researchok  Sun, Jun 10, 2012 9:22:35am

re: #1 Achilles Tang

The NYT will print anything that sells a few more papers, regardless of impact on the country. Weren’t they the ones who once told OBL that the US was listening to his phone calls, for example?

Every administration is plagued with leakers.

The difference is nowadays there are more real life and death consequences to the tsunami of leaks.

The media is not exempt from national security considerations.

3 Achilles Tang  Sun, Jun 10, 2012 9:32:56am

re: #2 researchok

Yes, of course and if I were to defend the NYT I could imagine that they were not the only ones in possession of this information, so perhaps holding it back would achieve nothing, although I don’t know that.

However, something as sensitive as the cyber war need not be known by many people, and there are ways to keep track of who is on the need to know list.

One wonders just how many people that was, and I have to ask if one should not have the legal right to subpoena news organizations for their sources, at least when it involves clear cut information to foreign enemies.

4 researchok  Sun, Jun 10, 2012 9:51:04am

re: #3 Achilles Tang

We’re on the same page.

Journalistic ethics really need to be revisited so as to reflect modern realities.

This is no small matter in a time where information cannot only be ‘mined’ but also manufactured. and made to appear to be legit.

5 BishopX  Sun, Jun 10, 2012 10:25:22am

The issue here isn’t that news organizations are publishing more classified information. The issue is is that the government is classifying more information.

The entire drone program in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan is classified. No one can talk about it. Yet we hear every time there is a missile strike. It’s farcical to expect the newspapers to refrain from printing what the government tells them it’s doing because the program is classified.

The same is true for the special forces, the military uses their reputation and their actions as a propaganda tool, despite the fact that all of that is classified.

The routine classification of publicly available information is the problem here, not journalist ethics.

6 Achilles Tang  Sun, Jun 10, 2012 10:31:57am

re: #5 BishopX

The drone program is not classified in the way you suggest. The military confirms strikes all the time. What is classified is how they get their target information, and you know it is not simply by watching from the sky.

In the case of the cyber war, that is information that need not be released and anyone who does so is helping our enemies and should be treated accordingly.

7 garhighway  Tue, Jun 12, 2012 5:15:33am

Individuals =/ “the administration”. A person leaking does not equal a policy decision to leak, it equals an individual making that choice, perhaps because he or she disagrees with the policy under discussion. (That’s the usual reason: it’s a form of dissent.)

But if someone out there has evidence of a policy decision to leak, then by all means they should come forward with it.


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