July 22, 2005
Special privileges for MSM only!
...what did these reporters say, and when did they say it. Did they cooperate but promise their silence? Why? Or, was their contact so tame that Fitzgerald was not interested - tell us.Whose "right" to know?
(How I love rhetorical questions!)
Obviously the only rights that count are the rights of the specially privileged.
In an unrelated story, the Philadelphia Inquirer noted in passing that it has special privileges:
WASHINGTON - Contending that Saudi Arabia remains a center of financing and recruitment for extremists, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) says it is time for the United States to consider ending military cooperation with the Saudis unless they crack down more forcefully on radical Islamic groups.Damn right only they get a copy! And only they can be trusted with leaks! That's because what goes on is not for us to know until they think it is. I think this all boils down to maintaining the business-as-usual, us-versus-them mentality.
The other day I asked rhetorically, "Whose news is this?"
Events are making it obvious that news belongs to (or should properly belong to) only the government and the mainstream media.
More legislation is needed to strengthen this relationship.
(For my part, I'll try to keep asking rhetorical questions. What? I should stop being cynical and write to my congressman instead?)
Especially when the two parties are government and media.
MORE: My apologies for screwing up the spelling Tom Maguire's name! (I corrected the error.)
posted by Eric on 07.22.05 at 08:43 AM
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