The New York Times vs. President Obama

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by Jon Friedman
June 7, 2013 11:10 AM
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The most powerful media voice in the United States has challenged the most powerful person in the nation. 

Call it The New York Times vs. President Barack Obama.

The Times was outraged after The Guardian newspaper's Glenn Greenwald reported that the NSA gathers the phone records of millions of Americans, in what the administration defends as a way of curbing international terrorist threats.

The Obama Administration "has now lost all credibility," a Times editorial said.

Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson had gone on Face the Nation to criticize the administration for snooping on the Associated Press and the Fox News Channel. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/06/ny-times-editorial-board-obama-administration-lost-credibil...

The Times often sets a tone for media coverage in the United States and around the world. Other newspapers, news magazines and television networks take their cues from the Times. The newspaper of record continues to have unparalleled influence. 

Obama's act has resulted in one piece of rich irony. Republicans support the NSA move while Democrats condemn it. 

Just a few months ago, Obama was yukking it up with journalists at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Now he is on their foe.

Obama's legacy has taken a strange turn, indeed.





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  • No | June 7, 2013 12:26 PMReply

    Oh, yes, isn't this the same mighty New York Times that turned down taking the caches from Bradley Manning. As Salon noted:

    "When Army Pfc. Manning approached the New York Times and Washington Post with his huge military cache documenting U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, the newspapers were uninterested. It took the brave enterprise of Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks team to turn Manning’s raw material into news gold. And yet, even after profiting from Assange’s risk-taking, the New York Times later blithely threw him to the sharks. Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller, who partnered with Assange on distribution of the WikiLeak documents, has since made a habit of disparaging him in public. The new Alex Gibney documentary on WikiLeaks, “We Steal Secrets,” shows one of Keller’s editorial minions gleefully ridiculing Assange – who has been forced into a vagabond life to stay one step ahead of his government pursuers – for his poor hygiene and wardrobe."

  • Joe Weber | June 7, 2013 11:24 AMReply

    True, indeed, Jon. Makes one wonder what Obama's legacy will be. Certainly, the rest of his presidency looks problematic now.

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