Yesterday I posted a roundup of some of the media’s reporting on the NSA’s collection of domestic communications metadata. I concluded the post thus:
But the most striking commentary is from the editors of the New York Times, who state that “the administration has now lost all credibility”.
If you follow the link you will see that the editors have revised their editorial to say
… the administration has now lost all credibility on this issue.
If you doubt me, here it is in track changes from newsdiff.
When the media are this gutless, is it any wonder that most Americans are indifferent to the destruction of their rights?
The government is at fault and is to blame for its violations of our rights, but the media are complicit. And, as Arik Hessedahl said in the All Things D post I linked to yesterday, the American people are the boss. We are the ones who grant the government these powers, and we, individually and through the media, have done a spectacularly bad job of holding government agents responsible when they overstep their legal boundaries and when they abuse the power that we allow them to have.