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Leftwing Media Aiding and Abetting the Enemy

The New York Times has published military secrets that have significantly undermined national security and the war effort in Ukraine – and not just once, but twice.

The leaks have to do with America’s role in the killing of an unprecedented number of Russian generals (12 to be exact) and the sinking of Putin’s flagship, the Moskva.

According to the reports, both these accomplishments depended on United States intelligence identifying the targets and providing real-time location information.

For those supporting America’s role in opposing Putin, those events are commendable.  And as is the case in many successful military operations, secrecy is exceedingly important.  Revealing those actions – even after-the-fact – undermines the American war effort.  It reveals to Putin both the abilities of the United States and the depth of commitment to defeating Putin.

In addition, it provides Putin with an important propaganda point and a rationale for escalating his barbaric invasion.   There can be no question but that the publication of that information aided and abetted Putin.  

There was no need or reason for the public to have that information.  At best, the motivation of the Times and other media outlets was to gain attention and readers/viewers for their news platforms – and an ego-based action by reporters wanting to gain attention – and maybe even a Pulitzer Prize.  Maybe the basis for yet another of those ubiquitous books by reporters.

A more sinister motive may have been to actually hurt the war effort by those on the left who seem to operate from a position of universal condemnation of all that is America.  Perhaps it was to use the exposure of the information in an effort to get the United States to back away from even its limited commitment to Ukraine.

Whatever, the action was treacherous.  And it goes beyond the person who may have leaked such highly classified information to the reporter who took it … and the news editors and producers who made it a top-of-the-news story.  It is impossible to believe that anyone in this chain of information believed the exposure of America’s role would be beneficial to America or Ukraine.  They cannot be that stupid.

Defense Department spokesman Admiral John Kirby understated the reality when he said that the revelation of the information was “not helpful.”  He and others tried to minimize the negative impact of military operations by saying that while the U.S. did provide general intelligence on identity and locations, the American government was not involved in the actual decision to sink the Moskva and kill all those generals.  That explanation provides about as much cover as a stripper’s g-string. 

Putin did not waste any time in using the information to his advantage – pointing to it as proof that America was deeply involved in a proxy war against the people of Russia.  That leaker, reporter, and those editors and producers gave Putin that talking point.

They violated a longstanding tradition of keeping secrets even when they learn them.  In the past, a patriotic press often withheld critical classified information from the public when such revelations would impact negatively on war operations.

The Fourth Estate enjoys unique exceptions from criminal charges when they become aware of a crime.  They can interview criminals that are being sought without having to reveal where they are.  They can publish stolen documents.  They can reveal classified information – as they did in this case.

To understand the scope of the press privileged, you only need to recall that the person who took the information and the reporter who revealed it are being praised by their colleagues.  No one is accusing them of misusing secret information.  However, President Trump was admonished in the news media for taking documents – including classified documents – to Mar-a-Lago as he left the White House – and he had the power to declassify those documents.  (I am not attempting to justify Trump’s taking White House documents.  That is a different issue).  And, you may also recall that General David Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $100,000 for removing classified information.  Many called for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be locked up for removing classified documents from a protected server.

But never are the leakers or the press held accountably.  

Perhaps the problem is exacerbated by a lack of enforcement.  And it is not only about military secrets.  It was not long ago that leaking information from a grand jury hearing was prosecuted as a crime.  It just was not done.  Now, grand juries leak like a rusty bucket.

Congress often holds secret meetings.  That once meant that neither the media nor the public gained access to the information.  Now leaking tidbits of information from the most secret sessions are routinely used as a partisan weapon.  (Recall how Congressman Adam Schiff claimed to have seen conclusive evidence that Trump had criminally conspired with Russia?  Special Counsel Robert Mueller put the lie to that one.)

Perhaps it is time to revisit the news media’s privilege to be exempt from the same laws that we common folks must obey.  We do not need to impose some Draconian legal ban on the use of all leaked information, but we should be able to hold leakers and the news media responsible for leaks that damage national security or undermine justice.

We are also dealing with the unprecedented leak of that draft opinion on Roe v. Wade.  The person who did that did not have the best interest of America at heart.  Maybe they hope to be the next “Anonymous”?

For the good of the country, we are going to have to fine-tune our policy on leaking – taking into account the arguable benefits of whistle-blowers who reveal wrongdoing by corporations or government and those whose leaks are malicious and damaging.  

So, there ‘tis.

Written by Larry Horist

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  1. The NYTimes has a long history of leaking and also of concealing. In the 1930’s the NYT was favorable to the nazis, during the war they downplayed or hide information on the Holocaust. In the post war late 1940’s the NYT blew the cover on people and arms being smuggled out from behind the Iron Curtain, as a result aircraft ferrying arms and people were shot down. Post 1948 the NYT blew the cover off of OPeration Magic carpet, the rescue of Jews in Yemen and thus ended the rescue. In the late 1970’s early 1980’s the NYT again blew the cover off the rescue of Ethiopian Jews and ended the rescue. The NYT has destroyed many people over the years

  2. The nyt has been doing this kind of crap since 1932. I have decided it’s a rag, just like the crap in the grocery stores at the check out lines. Nobody should read their lies. I knew about some of it, but Mark Levin just wrote a book about it. I saw his show about it, anxious to hear more.

  3. The American media, public education system and too many in government are heavily swayed by Progressives. Progressives are mostly Socialist, but Progressives came from the American Communist Party. China is Communist, Cuba is Communist and Russian leadership was Communist and would like to get back to being so. Understanding the dynamics or influence in our respective nations, it should not be surprising that the Progressive media and Progressive politicians and heads of government agencies aid and abet the enemy. The enemy of what made the U.S. a great nation and what makes us Americans is embedded in our nation. We must remove Progressives from every aspect of government, especially our public school system. If a person refuses to openly support and uphold the U.S. Constitution, those persons should not be allowed to work in any government form, elected, appointed or hired. American taxpayers pay for everything that happens in government. Everything in government needs to be in the best interest of those taxpayers overall, not just specialty groups.

    • I couldn;t agree more but I guess you don’t know the difference between Socialist and Communist.
      It’s Spelling.

      The NWO Marxist (democrat) party Almost 100% of the “democrat” party claim to be “progressives”. That is just a code word for communist. …. The Democratic party of days of yore is long dead. The 2 party system is now the NWO Marxists and the Republican party and the media and so called “education” system have both been totally taken over by the communists and both will do everything in their power to hurt We the People.

      PRESIDENT Trump 2024
      Take America back and leep it this time.

  4. Are they a bunch of Un-American NWO Marxist pukes ,,,,Yes.
    Should we curtail the freedom of the press,,,,NO!!!!!

    Just watch how brandon’s Ministry of Truth starts to let only propaganda be published and you will see how fiddling with the first amendment can be a very deadly double edged sword indeed.

    There is only one way to stop the NWO Marxist’s “Fundamental Change” of the USA (to a 3d world country) and that is to get every NWO MArxist (democrat) and establishment RINO out of congress in November. That will just about stop the commies from going any further but it will not repair the damage.

    The only way to reverse the damage the NWO Marxist’s (democrats) did is to KEEP them out of congress forever and put PRESIDENT TRUMP back in office

    TRUMP 2024
    Take America back and keep it this time.

  5. I just can’t understand how it is that so many Americans can be stupid enough to not understand that it’s Nazi Ukrainians killing Ukrainians and the Russian Military is CD answering a call for help from ethnic Russians in Ukraine. Do people really not understand that Zelensky is a Puppet put in power by Obama & SloJo for their own purposes? Do they not understand what really goes on under him? Wake Up People! Stop believing the Alphabet Propaganda Ministry on your TV and social “media”.🤣

  6. As long as there is no punishment for these blabber mouths there will be media and people who will broadcast every secret that they learn, won’t make any difference if it harms the people of US

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