Tuesday, December 27, 2005


Bush's efforts at censorship have failed? -- Not!

I missed an important claim in the Howard Kurtz article mentioned in my post, "How news gets disappeared" just below.

Kurtz writes:
President Bush has been summoning newspaper editors lately in an effort to prevent publication of stories he considers damaging to national security.

The efforts have failed, but the rare White House sessions with the executive editors of The Washington Post and New York Times are an indication of how seriously the president takes the recent reporting that has raised questions about the administration's anti-terror tactics.
Helen & Harry Highwater, writing this article today at the Unknown News website caught it, and my kudos to them. They write:
Note the author's obviously untrue assertion that "the efforts [at censorship] have failed." Of course, he is referring only to the two known recent times where newspaper editors were asked to withhold news. In one of those cases, the editor of THE NEW YORK TIMES held a big story for a year. And there's no way to know how many editors have agreed to the Bush administration requests, and now, like THE NEW YORK TIMES, let the White House determine what's news and what's not. =H&HH=
If the article was held, then the censorship worked.


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