Tuesday, December 20, 2005


Why does it seem like everybody connected to this domestic spying thing have some sort of culpability?


This time, the scoop is about a top secret meeting in the Oval Office, involving President Bush...and the two top officials of the New York Times. For the last four days, the Times has been writing about the domestic spying program of the Bush Administration, and they did indeed report that the newspaper's story was held for a year, give or take.

But not once in its coverage did the Times mention that publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and executive editor Bill Keller were summoned to the White House on Dec. 6, 13 days ago, in a last-ditch bid to get the newspaper to kill the story, which tonight has some members of Congress talking about impeachment.

No, for that morsel of news, we had to go to Newsweek's Jonathan Alter, who is reporting this tonight:


This news nugget would have made an excellent final paragraph to the Times story on Friday, but far be it the Times actually pushes the knife in and gives it a twist. It's time for Sulzberger and Keller to resign, not just over this but the Judy Miller fiasco as well. The New York Times, like the nation, is in dire need of new leadership.

Hat tip: Atrios

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