Monday, May 15, 2006

Spying on the Press

By Cassandra D

There is a chilling report on our loss of freedom of the press in ABC News' "The Blotter:"

"A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we call in an effort to root out confidential sources."

I'm sure that plenty of administration supporters would argue that leaks need to be dried up even if it costs us press freedom, but it seems to me that in this era in which our government lies to the organizations that are to provide oversight and repeatedly breaks the law, we need whistleblowers and investigative reporters more than ever. They are the last defenders of our most cherished values and liberties.

I don't want to live in a police state, but more and more it looks like that's what we've got.

(via AMERICAblog)

UPDATE:

Here are a few of the comments on the ABC story at their site:

"Good! I hope they do find out who is leaking national security info to the press. I'm tired of the press helping our enemies. Maybe you guys should start trying to "FOR the USA" instead of "AGAINST the USA" ALL THE TIME. I hope the FBI nails lots of idiots who are out to destroy the intelligence agencies and cost us more soldiers and spys! "

" 'Bout time you guys are roped in."

"Excellent the Media needs looking after, Traitors most of them..."

This is why our country is in trouble. Do you think that ABC thinks that is how all of America feels? Will they bother to cover the story on their main news? Feel free to leave your opinion at The Blotter.

UPDATE II:

Just in case people are flipping rapidly through the posts I changed the title of this one.

1 Comments:

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Brett said...

This would be bad. Unless, of course, the "senior federal law enforcement official" is lying in service of some agenda of his or her own. That's been known to happen, too. But since all we have is someone's "trust me" that this info is legit, and we have no knowledge of who's asking for that trust, we can't tell. And I think this issue is too important for this kind of game.
My prof in my junior-level journalism seminar said the technical name for someone who drops a big bombshell of a story behind the "unnamed source" cover is "lazy-ass reporter."

 

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