Richard Valeriani, who covered The White House and State Department for the Peacock in the 1970s and 80s, blasts the treasonous acts of the New York Times.
Don’t Follow The Money Story – Huffington Post (hey, do they pay over there for blogging??)
I find the decision of The New York Times and other newspapers to publish the story about the Administration’s money-tracing program to be really irresponsible.
The fault does not lie with the reporters. The fault lies with the editors who put what they perceive as their own self-interest or the interest of their newspaper ahead of the national interest.
Where was the so-called “public interest?” There was no compelling need for the public to know about this. The story itself acknowledged there was nothing illegal going on—only an anonymous acknowledgement that there was a “potential” for abuse.
This was show-off journalism, pure and simple. Look at us. Look at what we found out. Look at how good we are uncovering secrets.
Running the story about the money-tracing program is a version of giving Anne Frank’s address to the Nazis.
I also got a kick out of the last line of Valeriani’s bio at Huffington.
He was also the Washington correspondent for the Today show when news was news.