Sunday, June 21, 2009

The New York Times Can Keep a Secret?

I don't know about you, but I never actually fell for the lame New York Times excuse that they have to disclose everything -- alleged abuse photos, secret prisons, NSA tactics, interrogation tactics, flag draped coffins of servicemembers -- because the public absolutely has the right to know everything and the press has to be free to print all the news it sees fit (NYT pun intended), despite the risks it puts on our military or citizens.

What you probably didn't know is that David Rohde, a New York Times reporter, had been held by Taliban kidnappers in Kabul for the last seven months.

Well, in the past few days he was fortunately able to escape. And now his story is news. Times' executive editor Bill Keller wrote today that "the consensus of experts we consulted -- and the judgment of the family -- was that a storm of publicity would at best prolong David's captivity by increasing his apparent value, and could well put him in imminent danger."

The Times withheld this information along with at least 40 other news outlets.

So, the Times and other news outlets can keep a secret after all....

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