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Sunday, January 01, 2006

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Pinch: delares war against America
Here's a nice way for the New York Times to begin the new year.  The paper's own public editor (ombudsman), Byron Calame,  pens a passionate article that, at its heart, condemns the paper for engaging in outright warfare against the president, the nation, and any who disagree with them, and refusing accountability.  It took two ombudsmen what? - five years to get  Paul Krugman to admit he had used false data to argue that Al Gore had really won the 2000 election?   Too late for all the True Believer nincompoops that build bombs in the cellar, they're officially rabid  It's time to act in an official way regarding the Times.  The paper poses  a clear and present danger to the United States.
THE New York Times's explanation of its decision to report, after what it said was a one-year delay, that the National Security Agency is eavesdropping domestically without court-approved warrants was woefully inadequate. And I have had unusual difficulty getting a better explanation for readers, despite the paper's repeated pledges of greater transparency.

For the first time since I became public editor, the executive editor and the publisher have declined to respond to my requests for information about news-related decision-making. My queries concerned the timing of the exclusive Dec. 16 article about President Bush's secret decision in the months after 9/11 to authorize the warrantless eavesdropping on Americans in the United States.

I e-mailed a list of 28 questions to Bill Keller, the executive editor, on Dec. 19, three days after the article appeared. He promptly declined to respond to them. I then sent the same questions to Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher, who also declined to respond. They held out no hope for a fuller explanation in the future.  -- Behind the Eavesdropping Story, a Loud Silence

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"I did not vote for Obama but he is remarkable. In less than three weeks in office he has collected more than $150,000 in back taxes."
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The public editor should ask the NYT executives why they did not include the following paragraph as the Washington Post did:

"In 1972 the Supreme Court required the president to obtain warrants to eavesdrop on domestic groups but specifically declined to apply this requirement to snooping on foreign agents. Four appeals courts have since upheld presidential authority for such warrantless searches".

"Declined to respond." Hmmm, sounds like polite BS for refused to respond. Also, sounds like Byron Calame better start working on his resume.

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