Debate: Limits to Freedom of the Press?
Mark debates Mike Lane
Conservatives have loudly attacked the New York Times (but not the Wall Street Journal) for printing a story about Administration surveillance of millions of bank records without court warrants. Some have argued that the editor of the NYT should get the “gas chamber” for treason in exposing this program.
Who should decide what the press gets to print? A free press? Or the Government? Does the public have a right to know what a Government is doing in a democracy? Does it matter if the terrorists already knew what we were doing having been tipped off…ahem..by the President himself?