NYT Bemoans Lack of Coverage it Won’t Provide
February 6, 2013 - 4:43 am
At least that’s what I got out of the headline, “Drone Strikes’ Dangers to Get Rare Moment in Public Eye.” Here’s the beef:
The killing of Mr. Jaber, just the kind of leader most crucial to American efforts to eradicate Al Qaeda, was a reminder of the inherent hazards of the quasi-secret campaign of targeted killings that the United States is waging against suspected militants not just in Yemen but also in Pakistan and Somalia. Individual strikes by the Predator and Reaper drones are almost never discussed publicly by Obama administration officials. But the clandestine war will receive a rare moment of public scrutiny on Thursday, when its chief architect, John O. Brennan, the White House counterterrorism adviser, faces a Senate confirmation hearing as President Obama’s nominee for C.I.A. director.
Here’s what I’m thinking, and bear with me here because I’m still just on my first cup of coffee. But the New York Times seems to think there might be a story somewhere in this “quasi-secret” drone war. And if memory serves, the NYT is a newspaper. They have like journalists and everything. Printing presses, the works.
So maybe they could use all that stuff they have to uncover some of those secrets, and then tell people about them. In other words, act like a newspaper. Which is what they are.