NY Times Endangers American Security
A Republican senator on Saturday accused The New York Times of endangering American security to sell a book by waiting until the day of the terror-fighting Patriot Act reauthorization to report that the government has eavesdropped on people without court-approved warrants.
“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.”
Cornyn did not name the senators in his remarks on the Senate floor.
Cornyn misses his own point here: yes, The New York Times knowingly compromised national security in an effort to sell papers and promote James Risen’s forthcoming book. But isn’t the bigger concern that there are at least two members of the United States Senate who vote based on what they read in a discredited and obviously agenda-driven newspaper?