Arthur Silber on the Newsweek Koran story.
Censorship is what they’re after, and don’t let them tell you otherwise. They announced this goal unmistakably at least a year ago. (Here’s the
classic, regret-filled formulation: “And here’s a question: Freedom of the press, as it exists today (and didn’t exist, really, until the 1960s) is unlikely to survive if a majority–or even a large and angry minority–of Americans comes to conclude that the press is untrustworthy and unpatriotic. How far are we from that point?”)
Of course, they “regret” that censorship might be necessary. It’s a terrible shame and all that. But damn it, if magazines like Newsweek ARE GOING TO GET PEOPLE KILLED…well, what can we do? We obviously have to shut them up. They brought it on themselves. It’s their own damned fault. Of course, we’d like to have a free press, but THEY’RE GETTING PEOPLE KILLED!
As Silber notes, these people aren’t too woried about another series of stories, based on lies, that launched a war which has killed, to date, over 1,600 American soldiers and an estimated 100,000 Iraqis.
His entry has all kinds of linky goodness, for those interested in reading his theories on how this whole “muzzle the press” thing is happening.