The NYT is Angry With Bloggers

Yesterday I wrote about a trifle; the curfuffle in a curfuffle-pot called “kosola”. The publishing of national-security secrets is a much more important thing.

Bill Keller, in an open letter to the readers of the New York Times, attempts to justify the Times reporting on a secret, but admittedly legal and effective tactics to secure financial data about terrorists overseas. Note that the fact that the US has infiltrated international banking systems to track terrorists is not a secret. The specific tactics are. So now, guess what. They no longer work (and feel free to translate this to mean, “you should feel less safe now, thanks to Bill Keller and the New York Times”).

So where does Bill Keller point the finger? He tells us:

Some of the incoming mail quotes the angry words of conservative bloggers and TV or radio pundits who say that drawing attention to the government’s anti-terror measures is unpatriotic and dangerous. (I could ask, if that’s the case, why they are drawing so much attention to the story themselves by yelling about it on the airwaves and the Internet.)

Ummm… Maybe because this is the 21st century equivalent of reporting on troop locations, sir?

No, I think this is a BIG DEAL, and the Times should pay a big price. Well, except for one thing: The Times, along with most of the press (and especially broadcast news) is irrelevant anyway. They are dinosaurs, and they are dying.

Update 2 Minutes Later:
The Captain, Ed Morrissey, tells us how the Times has just crippled the very program they were demanding after September 11.

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