You already know I'm anti-war, but this should revolt anyone's sensibilities who hasn't been brainwashed by our nation's new moral and intellectual leader to believe that the ends really do justify the means.
But the worst part about it? Our American medium (I'm pretty sure there's only one) has decided this is not a story worth reporting.
"Critics have said, Big deal; finding out that spying is going on at the United Nations is like finding out that there's gambling at Rick's. And to be sure, there is a long history of bugging and surveillance among the world body's members, a history The Observer itself detailed in a related follow-up story.
"Fine. But two points. First, can anyone say with a straight face that this memo isn't an interesting thing? Political strategy has been 'going on' for a long time, too, but when a memo outlining one is unearthed - such as Karl Rove's famous PowerPoint presentation of last year - it's news. Second, there's reason to believe that the American media's indifference to The Observer story reposes less in the fact that this is a dog-bites-man yawner than in the very reasonable suspicion - or fear - among our nation's editors that running this story would set off a firestorm here and would require, in this climate, more spine than most American news outlets are displaying these days."
The two Observer reporters "had been booked for appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN, all of which were cancelled."
For more stories on American journalistic censorship, I strongly recommend Into the Buzzsaw: The Myth of a Free Press . It's a collection of 18 stories from formerly-respected American journalists whose lives and careers were destroyed when they covered a story that our powerful corporate and governmental interests did not want to see the light of day.
So spread the word. The only way Americans are going to hear about this most recent act of US dishonor, and the unreliability of their own press, will be from their friends.
Update: Sumit just sent me a link to a blisteringly good commentary on the state of the media.
The Bush press conference to me was like a mini-Alamo for American journalism, a final announcement that the press no longer performs anything akin to a real function. Particularly revolting was the spectacle of the cream of the national press corps submitting politely to the indignity of obviously pre-approved questions, with Bush not even bothering to conceal that the affair was scripted.