WikiLeaks, The New York Times, and Double Standards

Rich Trzupek is a veteran environmental consultant and senior advisor to the Heartland Institute. He is the author of the new book Regulators Gone Wild: How the EPA is Ruining American Industry (Encounter Books).


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Even if one accepts the Times’ tortuous logic regarding the e-mails between government-funded academics corresponding about government-funded research, that doesn’t explain why the paper ignored the rest of the climategate leaks. The most fascinating, and most damning, portion of the release involved data files that clearly showed how flawed IPCC research was and how far the organization had strayed from the scientific method. Those data files were used to form public policy and shape public opinion every bit as much as the Pentagon Papers were used to form public policy and shape public opinion during the Viet Nam war. Yet, the Times spent no time examining those files or calling upon independent experts to decipher their meaning. Instead, they found their escape route and they ran toward it with gusto.

Now, the Times finds itself in the privileged position of being one of the select media outlets that WikiLeaks has graced with the early release of State Department files and correspondence that it stole. Clearly, Julian Assange knows that The New York Times is so reliably ideologically hamstrung that it will readily comply with his desires: to publish what he has stolen and to thus help create the chaos he so fervently hopes for. The Times sniffed that it redacted some names and consulted with the government before publishing the latest document cache, and that’s great, but it’s rather beside the point. Consulting with the government does not equate to cooperating with the government. The latest WikiLeaks document dump imperils our interests, endangers our allies and emboldens our enemies. It will be very difficult for the intelligence community and diplomatic corps of the United States to regain the trust of spies and diplomats in allied nations now that they know how fragile our internal security is. There’s a word that describes actions that imperil America’s interests, endanger American allies and embolden America’s enemies. That word is espionage, and those found guilty of espionage are usually locked away for a long, long time.

Julian Assange and his accomplices at WikiLeaks need to be caught and tried for espionage. Do The New York Times and the other media outlets aiding and abetting Assange deserve the same fate? That’s a question best answered by attorneys. But, even if it cannot be proven that the Times knowingly undermined the interests of the United States, there should be no doubt that the paper has long ago unfurled its left-wing banner for all to see. For there’s not really a double standard at The New York Times; there is, rather, an easily-understood single standard. If a story fits into their ideology, Times editors will be happy to run with it to the ends of the earth. If not, they will conclude oh-so-sadly that they have finally, remarkably found news that’s not actually fit to print.

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  • Bear from Russia

    A small Putin's interview about the new START and WikiLeaks to Larry King. http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/11/30/pu

  • umad

    why you mad though?

  • bob maram

    a great article. perhaps the masthead of the new york times should be changed from ÁLL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO PRINTT TO " ALL THE NEWSTHAT FITS WE PRINT. bob maram

  • badaboo

    NYT motto – "we will not be scooped by the Guardian " .

    ….and therein lies their patriotism and morality .

  • badaboo

    …..and ..uh …Assange is now on the lamb , for RAPE charges in Sweden .

  • R/T

    WHERE are the headlines ??

    • tagalog

      Well, come on, it's not like he went to a private party and said Strom Thurmond would have made a great President.

  • Rifleman

    Pay no attention to the wikileaks server behind a chicom firewall. It's starting to look like their operation, which should make Thomas Friedman happy.

    Standards, ethics, and legalities have been highly situational at the nyt since the 70s, and not just in their news. They're outraged and say it's an injustice when another business treat their employees or competitors like the nyt does theirs.

  • kafir4life

    Is there anybody that takes the ny times as journalism anymore anyway? Aren't they on the verge of going under? It's completely useless, and only serves to waste paper. And for anybody that says it could be used to line a cat box or bird cage, PLEASE think of the animals. Why would you put poop where they poop? At best, it's redundent.

  • davarino

    Obama and company are such ameteurs, unless this is what they intended. Let these bleeding heart liberals in office and what happens? You cant get back the Iranian hostages for one year, interest rates skyrocket. You sell or give away lots of military weapons designs to the Chinese for donations to your reelection campaign. You play nice with all the worlds dictators and leak all our sensitive government documents, print a gillion dollars and give them away to all your political allies and force legislation through that no one wants.

  • davarino

    Oh ya, and everyone knew the NYT was America's Pravda

  • Cuban Refugee

    If The Times had deigned to print the real news about "climategate," it would have been on page 45 of the classifieds. Black and white and red all over … the NY Times is a willing participant in the perfect storm that has gathered to bring down our country from within. Its death rattle is audible, and it has joined the growing chorus of moribund leftist print outlets which are going down in flames for their bias and distortion of the news. Pravda on the Hudson? No, even Pravda has published articles sympathetic to the right.

  • MBANJ

    I miss the NY Herald Tribune, the Journal American and the good old NY Times as the 3 biggies of NY and American journalism. Today the NYT is looking to sell off the Boston sports team which is a shame, but times have really tightened on legitimate papers. I feel bad that I have no real advice other than for them to return to their roots as a legitimate news source, but I fear that my advice will not keep them profitable in this perverted world just now. Meanwhile, we would be fools to not understand that it is no longer valid food for the mind we are being fed here. Yeah, good news if available is buried….

  • http://q.com Steve Chavez

    The bigger question should be, "Who in the State Department, or other Departments, is leaking these types of documents?" BUT, since these Wikileaks are looked it as minor, WHAT TYPES OF REAL TOP SECRETS ARE OUT THERE THAT WE DON'T KNOW OF?

    AMERICAN COMMUNISTS, who are still bitter at the fall of the Soviet Union, a country they loved more than their own, HAVE INFILTRATED ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING THE WHITE HOUSE, AND THEY ARE GATHERING TOP SECRETS EVERY DAY TO THEN PASS THEM ON TO KGB PUTIN AND EVERY OTHER ENEMY THAT IS BEING WRITTEN ABOUT IN THE DOCUMENTS SO NOW THEY ARE ONE STEP AHEAD OF US!!!

    • American_Flag

      You are probably 100% correct. What is wrong with us? Travesty.

    • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

      its was a 19 years old PFC From england who's father was a U.S. SGT

  • American_Flag

    Plain and simple – The NY Slimes is a disgusting double-standard news outlet. Oh BTW, they reduced the size of their BIG PAPER by about 20 %. If you recall they were one of the largest papers around – sporting either 6 or 8 colums wide. Now they are down to 4 or 6 colums wide. Can you say "subscription problems" boys and girls?

    I would not pick up dog-doo with the NY Times. It would be direspectful to the dog.

    • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

      you do know the the NYT Is now owned by a politica pig and al drug dealer we live in Jericho and the walls of freedom are coming down big time.

  • Bear from Russia

    Wikileaks and the war in Sourth Osetia (Georgia) http://www.russiaotherpointsofview.com/2010/11/wi

    • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

      No one wants to understand that the People of old mother russia are the only ones fighting the real Terrorists and winning that war. the monkeys inside washington will someday soon force the people into a third world monkey war. I would be happy to see the people of Russia win the big war, after all the USA Will soon become just one more monkey nation and will become Mexico city in all things.

      why would i love to see this nation go up in total fire, look at what happend in Arizona and the border and the new back door Amnesty and the lagalization of drug dealers like obama and his monkey owners and the murder of Americans by the political military arms of mexico city here inside the FORMER USA. and the coming mass death camps being setup by our owners.

  • samsgran1948

    I am wondering why Pinch is embarrassing the bloody bejeebers out of a Democrat administration? This is the kind of stunt he would have pulled against W or any other Republican. Pinch has a very liberal administration, and as we all saw over the past four or so years, has his nose stuck so far up O's posterior that his head will never see the light of day again. The State Department, which is notorious for having its own liberal agenda, has a very liberal Secreatary of State, something else Pinch should love to the bottom of his shriveled little soul. So again: Why did Pinch go out of his way to embarrass and hamstring a liberal Democrat president, a liberal Democrat Secretary of State and a very, very liberal Democrat Department of State? (Yes, I know the Pentagon Papers were released when Johnson, a Democrat, was in office, but back then the NYT still had a shred of journalistic integrity, and Pinch wasn't calling the shots.)

    Just as an aside, the ClimateGate files weren't the only thing Pinch refused to publish; he also refused to publish the Danish cartoons.

    • David

      The Pentagon papers were released when Nixon, a Republicam, was president.

  • topperj

    When you google the NY Times, it comes up RAG.

  • http://wwwtwosetsofbooks.com/ patti

    Sulzberger-Style Patriotism: The day Bill Keller feared media attention might 'raise the temperature'.. http://t.co/SzQb1S1

    http://wwwtwosetsofbooks.blogspot.com/2010/11/sul

  • Monkey Man

    The Wikileaks proliferation in these media outlets definitely shows the loathing of modern democracies by the leftist media. Would they ever publish those cartoons that showed images of that killer who is immitated on such a large scale today? Of course not! The left is more committed to acting as proxies of Islam than ever before. They are more willing to force the rest of us onto soup lines than they are willing to protect our borders. Remember, liberalism is a mental disorder and a danger to the West. If the Left wishes to live as dhimmi, then they should move to Iran and no longer act as a fifth collumn to law abiding western citizens. The desire of the left is submission.

  • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

    The New York Times has always had a political and race double standards its normal and as for wikileaks also has a double standard its all about power and money and the woman who come with power over others.
    But soon the so called USA Will be in the camp of the third world and all of the evil will come-out and all of the evil and murder will be part of the day to day life of all of you. justice and laws will mean nothing in the new ideals and new monkey Ideolgy of monkey people with a full agenda that all monkeys have.

    In other words we as a people are doomed to become a side note in history, so be happy soon we all will know what the third worlds people know, NOTHING.

  • Ghostwriter

    You'll be happy to know that Interpol yesterday put out an arrest warrent against Assange and his massive ego for what might be a rape charge in Sweden. I'll be honest here. If these charges have some validity,it wouldn't surprise me. This guy is a slimy,no-good creep who deserves whatever happens to him.

    • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

      that is good but been on the news for two days.

  • badaboo

    Well he's making far more enemies than just the US . No telling who might whack him . LOL….it'll be like who shot J.R. ?

    • Dr. Sandy Kramer

      Unfortunately, Assange cannot be tried for treason by the United States. You must be a U.S. citizen to be tried for treason by the U.S.. Australia could try him, but it is highly unlikely for for political reasons…

  • Jobe

    In my College Prep Language Arts 9 class, I was trying to explain situational ethics. I was able to use the marital statistics that I recently read on line to show the relationship between prevailing conditions and responsibility. The next time it comes up in class, I’ll use the Times sliding standards for publication. I think even 9th graders will understand what the Times apparently does not.

  • Dean from Ohio

    NY TImes – feckless, corrupt, immoral, decadent, false, deceptive, wretched, cowardly, arrogant, blind, hateful, rotten and putrid–and that's just today.

  • SURESH

    IF WIKILEAK HAD PUBLISHED SECRET DOCUMENTS FROM IRAN, NORTH KOREA, RUSSIA OR CHINA THE WESTERN GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE LAUDED THEM. IF THESE COUNTRIES HAD TRIED TO GEAT MR. ASSANGE ARESTED THE SAME WESTERN GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE SHED CROCODILE TEARS ON HOW THESE GOVERNMENTS ARE TRYING TO SUPRESS FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND VOICES OF DISSENT. THAT IS THE DOUBLE STANDARD THAT YOU SHOULD BE CRITICIZING