Wednesday, September 27, 2006

NYT and hypocracy NYT and hypocracy

NYT article today: The Fine Art of Declassification tries to make the argument that somehow the declassification and release of the NIE summary was politically motivated, but ignores the fact that its selective and partial disclosure of its contents earlier was probably more so.

I think that what anyone should do here is read all three of them, and decide for themselves whether it was the government, or the NYT, that was acting in bad faith.

My vote is on the NYT. Their original disclosure of the NIE, while still classified, dwelled on what was really only a minor part of the NIE. In particular, the paper ignored that the NIE spent a lot more time discussing why the government's democrazation was so critical in Iraq, and that that was the best way to stop the spread of terrorism.

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