Monday, June 4, 2012

Media's Priorities

Something is desperately wrong with the media's priorities when it comes to keeping secrets. 

Media hastily erase articles about Malia Obama’s appearance at One Direction concert
Several media outlets have again pulled or edited already-published articles about the activities of President Barack Obama’s daughter, even though the stories appeared to pose no active security risk to the first family.
Remember, they did this before with Malia's trip to Mexico.

I have no problem with keeping the President and his family safe, but redacting of apparently harmless material makes no sense given what the media is releasing:

Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran
Mr. Obama, according to participants in the many Situation Room meetings on Olympic Games, was acutely aware that with every attack he was pushing the United States into new territory, much as his predecessors had with the first use of atomic weapons in the 1940s, of intercontinental missiles in the 1950s and of drones in the past decade. He repeatedly expressed concerns that any American acknowledgment that it was using cyberweapons — even under the most careful and limited circumstances — could enable other countries, terrorists or hackers to justify their own attacks. 
That's right, confirming the U.S. did this and the particulars of how we did it not only mean we can't do it again at need, but endangers Israel by exposing details about their assistance and even provides justification for hostile nations and hacker groups to attack us.  It's almost like the New York Times wants to get the U.S. public killed rather than inform us, because knowing these things doesn't actually help us, the public, in any way.

It's as helpful to the public as when the New York Times released information on how we track terrorist finances, thus allowing those terrorists to change tactics to avoid being brought to justice. 

I'm strongly in favor of freedom of the press, but that's not what the New York Times is doing.  They're simply aiding and abetting enemies of the United States of America.

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