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From: barry levine
Date: Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 6:40 AM
Subject: re: When the Government Says, “Shhh!”
To the Editor:
Shall we sing their praises that--ten years later--the editors of this newspaper acknowledge that Bill Keller did wrong when he quashed the story of warrantless wiretaps? To champion Free Press--but only when there is no national emergency--is like championing Free Speech--but only when it offends no one.
In bowing to White House pressure, Bill Keller betrayed the shareholders who deserved the scoop of they year, betrayed his profession that claims an important role in making democracy work, and betrayed our republic. Because democracy is a sham if the voters go to vote in a presidential election while their newspaper denies them knowledge that one of the candidates is operating a vast criminal.operation.
Barry Haskell Levine