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Reminder To The "Treason" Police

"[W]ere it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."

--Thomas Jefferson, 1787

Sometimes these days I look around and wonder if I have woken up in a different country. In the past few days I've heard a number of people on TV and the radio claiming that the NY TImes, not the leakers, should be prosecuted for a story regarding what the government is doing.

At first glance ardent civil libertarians might be forgiven for not taking this talk seriously. But as Atrios notes, it's time for thos in the media to confront the newspaper police:

As treason charges against the New York Times (but not, oddly, the Wall Street Journal) are getting thrown around on various "respectable" news outlets by people working in "journalism" I think it's probably time for the serious reporters at those outlets to inform management that their resignations will be forthcoming if it doesn't stop.
You'd think that by now elite journalists, especially the Washington press corps, would have had enough with the treatment and threats its received from the Bush administration. But apparently special government access carries an awfully high price.