“Hell I wouldn’t prosecute the Times. My view is to prosecute the Goddamn pricks that gave it to ’em.”
–Richard Nixon (Nixon Tapes)
As much as the press has brought this upon themselves for not standing up to this administration I do feel compellled to offer support to the New York Times. The hate being spewed at the Times is irrational, undemocratic and unforgivable.
So I offer this 2 minute video which includes Richard Nixon speaking in 1973 about secrecy and leaking to the newspapers. (the NYT which printed the Pentagon Papers) It shows how far down we’ve gone when there is a small bit of perspective to be gained from the man who had an enemy’s list for the press. And if Nixon would have had the mouth breathing wingnuts at his back it may have been different. Despite the differences involved in this case much is still the same….. Nothing’s riding on this except the, uh, first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country (sound familiar)
UPDATE: Nixon is discussing short term secrecy in conducting foreign policy talks. That was far different than his secrecy to cover up illegal activity, permanently. There is a huge difference.
Music: Bob Dylan…Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright