Monday, December 26, 2005

Bush Administration continues to interfere with free press domestically

First we found out that the NY Times sat on a story for a year because the administration asked them to do so out of alleged national security concerns. Now we find out that Bush attempted to quash a story in the Washington post regarding secret CIA prisons in Europe.

Bush Presses Editors on Security

President Bush has been summoning newspaper editors lately in an
effort to prevent publication of stories he considers damaging to
national security.

The efforts have failed, but the rare White
House sessions with the executive editors of The Washington Post and
New York Times are an indication of how seriously the president takes
the recent reporting that has raised questions about the
administration's anti-terror tactics.

Rather, the "effots" as far as know about "have failed". These are recent disclosures. Have other media given into these demands? Can we trust other media when they say that they haven't been approached? This is just one aspect that is troubling about this issue. How about: How can we possibly pretend to extol the virtues of a free press in other areas of the world when our politicians do not respect the same at home?

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