Sunday, December 30, 2007

Yet More Brave Souls Stand Against Creeping Nazism

I ask you, what would we do without courageous souls like Ray McGovern, standing firm against Bushitler?

In late fall 2005 when Times correspondent James Risen's book, "State of War: the Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration," revealing the warrantless eavesdropping was being printed, Times publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., recognized that he could procrastinate no longer. It would simply be too embarrassing to have Risen's book on the street, with Sulzberger and his associates pretending that this explosive eavesdropping story did not fit Adolph Ochs' trademark criterion: All The News That's Fit To Print. (The Times' own ombudsman, Public Editor Byron Calame, branded the newspaper's explanation for the long delay in publishing this story "woefully inadequate.")

When Sulzberger told his friends in the White House that he could no longer hold off on publishing in the newspaper, he was summoned to the Oval Office for a counseling session with the president on Dec. 5, 2005. Bush tried in vain to talk him out of putting the story in the Times. The truth would out; part of it, at least.

Now of course the notion that Sulzberger has a lot of friends in the White House is rather amusing. And had a newspaper editor dared to defy Hitler, he would have been headed to Treblinka instead of Times Square, but otherwise the analogy is perfect.

Ray McGovern, of course, is one of those seven idiotic "CIA professionals" that the kooks love to point to as supporting their 9-11 crackpottery (and in this particular instance they are right). Of course, it does not surprise me that the CIA, which failed to anticipate the collapse of the Soviet Union or the attacks of 9-11, was the former home of a moonbat like McGovern, who confuses a fading Republican administration with the Nazis.