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June 11, 2013 - 8:14 am

This is one of those “read the whole thing” stories. You have to, to get what Ed Bott at ZDNet is saying.

The gist is that the Washington Post has quietly made major edits to its initial story about the NSA’s PRISM program, without acknowledging that any changes have been made at all. Many of the changes are stylistic, but many are factual. Such as the allegation that nine major US tech firms have knowingly cooperated with NSA to the point of giving the agency direct access to their servers.

The original story said:

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The quietly changed version now reads:

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That’s obviously a significant change. Bott found many others and posted a version of the story that tracks all of the edits made to it since the Post went live with it.

Noting all the changes, Bott leaps to a conclusion that I’m not sure is justified. He says the story shows the “collapse of journalism.” I’m not sure I buy that. Journalism in the mainstream media collapsed years ago, with the collective and deliberate failure to vet one Barack Obama as he ran for president. Every time a so-called mainstream journalist apes without examining a Democrat line on, say, border security or spending policy, it’s a failure that contributes to the collapse of journalism.

The reporters who’ve worked the NSA story evidently failed to vet Snowden too. He claimed to be a “career intelligence specialist” when it turns out he’s an infrastructure analyst. He claimed to be making $200,000 per year, when the actual figure is $120,000. He claims to be championing civil liberties yet he fled to Hong Kong — China, in other words, one of the most paranoid and repressive regimes around — ahead of his disclosure. He may also have exaggerated what PRISM actually does. We’re through the looking glass in many respects here, and it’s all but impossible to know who is writing and saying what on their own behalf, or on behalf of an intelligence community that’s now on the defensive.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I hate to sound paranoid but I think all of this Prism stuff (where it's clear no actual laws were broken) has been disclosed just to get the IRS out of the front of everyone's mind. And damn if it doesn't seem to be working.
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If they could blackmail a Supreme Court Justice...
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I'm told the Washington Post is called the Washington 'Pukes' by many. Quite fitting, I'd say. Maybe the WP is trying to one up the NYT. The NYT has the distinction of being the 'standard of no standards'. Wasn't the NYT once the 'paper of record'?
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Looking at tyranny through the PRISM. How fitting.

Snowden seems be a little heavy on the Snow job part of his story. WaPo does investigative reporting like its a Vegas lounge act. Mostly bad imitations of the real thing.

Speaking of viewing tyranny through a prism...the Zimmerman trial had a protest in LA...where a group hating on Zimmerman were wearing T-shirts that said...Revolution and Nothing Less.

I didn't see any Obama administration in the crowd, but then again...I don't recognize all of the DOJ, EPA, or IRS by face.
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"The reporters who’ve worked the NSA story evidently failed to vet Snowden too."

I've wondered about that. He doesn't sound like high-level, keeper-of-shocking-secrets spook material to me. Who is this guy, anyway?
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Does the $120k include benefits? He could have stated his "billable rate" that BAH says he is worth.

Yes it is strange he fled to China. Maybe he believed China won't extradite him and protect him. He looks like he believes that - especially after seeing how Russia is supporting Julian Assange.
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I hate to sound paranoid but I think all of this Prism stuff (where it's clear no actual laws were broken) has been disclosed just to get the IRS out of the front of everyone's mind. And damn if it doesn't seem to be working.
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>.....all of this Prism stuff (where it's clear no actual laws were broken....<

Just severely bent.
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