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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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