THE PENTAGON PAPERS….Warblogger whipping boy Robert Fisk thinks American journalists are doing a lousy job of reporting on the Bush administration’s anti-terror plans:

Take Eric Schmitt in The New York Times a week ago. He wrote a story about America’s decision to “confront countries that sponsor terrorism”. And his sources? “Senior defence officials”, “administration officials”, “some American intelligence officials”, “the officials”, “officials”, “military officials”, “terrorist experts” and “defence officials”. Why not just let the Pentagon write its own reports in The New York Times?

Why? Because they don’t need to. As with any good Republican administration, they’ve privatized the job.