DIONNE ON NEWSWEEK….E.J. Dionne decides enough is enough. It’s finally time to weigh in on the Newsweek Koran affair:
I write about it now because of the new reports [confirming Koran abuse at Guantanamo] and because I fear that too many people in traditional journalism are becoming dangerously defensive in the face of a brilliantly conceived conservative attack on the independent media.
….Of course journalists make mistakes, sometimes stupid ones….But this particular anti-press campaign is not about Journalism 101. It is about Power 101. It is a sophisticated effort to demolish the idea of a press independent of political parties by way of discouraging scrutiny of conservative politicians in power.
That’s exactly right. It’s only too bad it took him so long to decide to say it.