Information Wants to Ask the New York Times Whether to Be Free or Not

| November 23, 2009 | 1 Reply

Wait, I thought the media were supposed to want to uncover the hidden mechanations of government. Whatever happened to speaking truth to power and “information wants to be free” and all that stuff? I guess maybe information better start asking permission from the New York Times first.

And as a nice sequel of sorts to our previous post on leftwing cognitive dissonance [This post - J] , Orrin Judd spots this staggering moment of hypocrisy from the New York Times’ Andrew C. Revkin of their “Dot Earth” blog on Friday:

“The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won’t be posted here.”

And they don’t contain any obvious state military secrets as well, unlike say the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War or more recently, the secrets of War on Terror, or any of a number of other leaked documents the Times has cheerfully rushed to print.

Back in 2006, when his paper disclosed the previously confidential details of the SWIFT program, which was designed to trace terrorists’ financial assets, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller said on CBS’s Face the Nation, “one man’s breach of security is another man’s public relations.” Of course, much like the rest of the media circling the wagons with ACORN, it’s not at all surprising that the Times circles the wagons when it’s necessary to save the public face of their fellow liberals.

Not to mention saving a potential revenue stream. Media companies (and the companies that own them) are making plenty of money off of the notion that we must all go green immediately, in media-approved ways, or our we’ll die of any of a thousand horrible deaths and our corpses will end up bobbing in a rising sea alongside those of the polar bears killed by our planet-wrecking wastrel ways. I’m guessing there’s a certain commercial interest in not upsetting the climate change money cart.

Not that I’m cynical or anything.

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