Sunday, December 18, 2005

Senator Says New York Times Endangered Country In Order To Sell Book

As I posted Friday, the Drudge Report has revealed that the New York Times apparently lied about the reason for the timing of their story. In fact, the story's release date was not in deference to national security issues as the Times claimed, but was timed to help hype a book by reporter James Risen (State of WAR: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration). Now a US Senator has taken notice.

From the Associated Press:
"At least two senators that I heard with my own ears cited this as a reason why they decided to vote to not allow a bipartisan majority to reauthorize the Patriot Act," said Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. "Well, as it turns out the author of this article turned in a book three months ago and the paper, The New York Times, failed to reveal that the urgent story was tied to a book release and its sale by its author."
The Times has gone into damage-control mode:
A call to The New York Times' Washington bureau was referred to spokeswoman Catherine Mathis, who could not be reached immediately.
Now it's time for a Special Prosecutor to subpoena the reporters, so that the government employees who leaked highly classified national security information to them can be given a new home in Leavenworth.