Cutely buried in the 18th paragraph in a story about Alberto Gonzales on Sunday was a slyly worded updated confession by the New York Times that, in 2004, the Bush Administration leaned on its editors to spike a story about illegal invasions of citizens' private records ("data mining"). The Times editors smothered the story. They finally ran it—a year later—after Bush was safely re-elected.

Palast is particularly upset about this because his investigative team that "published confidential FBI memos detailing horrific schemes for illegal spying" while "the Times was covering up Bush's KGB-style data-mining operation" has since been "slowly going broke." But before he tosses in his hat, Palast has important questions for Times editor Bill Keller, like "which 'senior officials' successfully spiked your report?... Those who muscle news reporters are not 'sources' whose identities deserve protection."

See FAIR Action Alert: The Scoop That Got Spiked: Times Delay on Wiretap Story Leaves Questions Unanswered (1/11/06)

Originally by Greg Palast ( from FAIR Media Views on August 1, 2007, 3:32pm

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