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.