That's what the surveillance state is trying to do. It has the means, the will and the latitude to go after journalism the way it went after terrorism. Only a more activist press, working together, stands a chance of resisting this.
As things stand today, the Fourth Estate is a state of mind. Some in the press have it, some do not. Some who have it are part of the institutional press. Some, like Ladar Levison and Edward Snowden, are not.
Repeal the concept of an informed public, repress your decision to take such a drastic step. But it's not just Jeffrey Toobin. Congress did it too.
Published 6 Aug 2013 1:58 pm
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