Friday, June 30, 2006

Weasling Out Of Things Is What Separates us From The Animals! ...Except For Weasels.

Posted by Codemorse

From the Wall Street Journal:

President Bush, among others, has since assailed the press for revealing the program, and the Times has responded by wrapping itself in the First Amendment, the public's right to know and even The Wall Street Journal. We published a story on the same subject on the same day, and the Times has since claimed us as its ideological wingman. So allow us to explain what actually happened, putting this episode within the larger context of a newspaper's obligations during wartime.

Codemorse Translation:

"It's okay that we printed the same apparently-classified details because, unlike the New York Times, we did it without knowing that the government didn't want us to.

Sure. And David Hasselhoff hurt himself on a chandelier.

I'm not educated enough on the whole bank-monitoring thing to float an opinion on it. Not that this should stop me, really. It isn't as if Debbie Schlussel lets knowledge of a subject deter her from weighing in on it.

But that's not my point in posting this link, or this excerpt. My point, such as it is?

I question the necessity and ethical validity of the Journal's editorial explanation. It's convoluted, and it's weirdly childish, despite a surfeit of ten dollar words scattered throughout. Now, childishness is something I'm all-too-familiar with here at Codemorse. It's practically my stock in trade. But this is a blog, not a venerated newspaper.


At 2:26 PM, Anonymous portia said...

Glenn Greenwald ( has some very good posts on this situation if you're interested in reading more about it.

Have to agree with you about the WSJ's reaction, though.


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