Rep. Peter King today called on the Bush Administration to prosecute the NY Times for reporting the existence of a covert anti-terrorism program, thus tipping off the terrorists to its existence.
King, a New York Republican, said he would write Attorney General Alberto Gonzales urging that the country’s chief law enforcer “begin an investigation and prosecution of the New York Times - the reporters, the editors and the publisher.”
“We’re at war, and for the Times to release information about secret operations and methods is treasonous,” King told The Associated Press.
Three thoughts…One, I don’t think its a good idea to prosecute the NY Times because frankly, I don’t think it’s possible. Two, that doesn’t mean talking about it is not a good idea. Talking about it will further highlight the irresponsible behavior of the Times and perhaps prevent them from being so reckless in the future (here’s to hoping…). Three, the NY Times insists that the story they ran with about the Administration anti-terror program was acceptable because the info was “in the public’s interest.” Is it not also “in the public interest” for our government to have every advantage possible, including the presumption of secrecy with respect to anti-terror operations, at its disposal? Good journalism is not just running a hot story…good journalism requires discretion — a quality the Times has demonstrated it sorely lacks.