And we weighed that assertion against the fact that there is an intense and ongoing public debate about whether surveillance programs like these pose a serious threat to civil liberties.
No, you thought that this would make President Bush look bad like the NSA surveillance program did. You had no concern about people's civil liberties. In fact, most people view your disclosure of classified information at a direct threat to the American people both here and abroad. You published it because you could, and damn the consequences.
But we also have an obligation to cover the government, with its tremendous power, and to offer information about its activities so citizens can make their own decisions. That's the role of the press in our democracy.
The founders of the nation actually gave us that role, and instructed us to follow it, no matter the cost or how much we are criticized. Thomas Jefferson said, "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government
I thought the role of the press was to offer the news of the day not to govern the government. I'd like to know where in the Constitution does it say that the Freedom of the Press includes reporting American's secrets to its enemies? Can you believe the arrogance of these people? They are going to be the ones to decide what's critical to national security. The last people on earth who I would want making calls regarding the security and safety of the nation are the liberal twits represented by the LATimes.