There is a lot of debate about what accounts for the decrepit state of our political press, but often overlooked is the sheer sloth and ignorance of journalists, who repeat what they are told without having any idea what they are talking about. Last night, Time’s Joe Klein tried to explain why he supports the “Protect America Act” enacted by Congress in August that, in essence, allowed the administration to eavesdrop on all international telephone calls of Americans without warrants.
It’s really very simple, the TimeWarner empire includes cable providers, including Internet service providers. TimeWarner is almost certainly complicit in NSA abuses and faces potential legal liabilities. Klien is not acting as a journalist, Klien is a PR agent acting under color of journalism.
Incidentally, The Washington Post Corp. also includes internet service providers as do other news conglomorets. That will certainly drive their coverage.
Why the Silence on Tice’s Revelations? answer: because they are complicit.