Monday, July 5, 2010

News orgs getting what they deserve

A coalition of major news organizations is challenging as unconstitutional Pentagon rules that were used in May to ban four reporters from covering military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In a letter to Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson, the organizations argue that the Pentagon's interpretation of the rules is "plainly illegal" because it bars publication of information considered "protected" even if the information is already widely known and publicly available.

Such a restriction is "a 'classic example' of a prior restraint" that "the Supreme Court repeatedly has refused to allow . . . even in the name of national security," the organizations said.

The organizations include McClatchy Newspapers, which owns The Miami Herald and 30 other newspapers, The Associated Press, Dow Jones & Co., The New York Times, Reuters and The Washington Post.

These "news" organizations were cheerleaders for Obama's presidential campaign, and slanted their reporting to promote his presidential aspirations.

Now, they can't even bring themselves to name him in their criticism - - it's the fault of new "unconstitutional Pentagon rules".

They're getting what they deserve.

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