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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Times is on our side

Fox News spent a good portion of this morning accusing The New York Times of compromising national security by running a front-page story today that revealed secret U.S. military operations against al-Qaida in countries with which the United States is not at war.

First things first: If national security was compromised by the article, the blame does not rest with the Times. It rests with the administration officials who leaked the information to the Times. Put another way: Don’t shoot the messenger.

But that aside, isn’t it hypocritical of Fox to accuse the Times of comprising national security while, in the process, repeating most of the story’s content on the air and then adding additional information about the military actions that Fox picked up on its own?

If the Times committed treason this morning, then so did Fox. But the truth is that neither did.



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