Why would the New York Times divulge information that could prove harmful to the national security of the United States? Because, so consumed is it by hatred of President Bush, that the paper actually wants America to lose. Such is the considered opinion Jim Pinkerton expressed on yesterday's Fox News Watch. The case in point was an article the Times published on June 30, 2008, Amid U.S. Policy Disputes, Qaeda Grows in Pakistan, which quoted from a "highly-classified Pentagon order" describing internal disputes at the Pentagon over plans to capture Osama Bin Laden and defeat al Qaeda.
JIM PINKERTON: We endanger national security when you leak sources and methods. For example, the story that Cal [Thomas] alluded to before, about the wiretaps across the world.View video here.
JANE HALL: That's a different deal.
PINKERTON: OK. I think—just a hunch—that the New York Times hates the Bush administration so much that they want us to lose, that's what I think.
PATRICIA MURPHY [of Citizen Jane]: The New York Times was complicit with the Bush administration when we were going into Iraq. All of those unnamed sources—Scooter Libby—they were protecting the Bush administration.A bit later, Cal Thomas weighed in with a, shall we say, micturative metaphor.
PINKERTON: In the last four years, five years, they have, shall we say, changed their tune. Judith Miller and others are gone. And now it's nothing but people who just have such a grudge against Bush that they want to see America fail.
CAL THOMAS: The press has switched sides. We are no longer the good guys, as we were during World War II, when there was a censorship board, and mostly the press cooperated with the government because they knew we were on the same side.I can't help but think of Rush Limbaugh's parody ad in which the New York Times urges terrorists to subscribe to keep current with the U.S. government's plans against them.
ALISYN CAMEROTA [hosting]: But Cal, isn't it also the role of the press to be a watchdog of government, and in this case, if they're not really looking for Osama Bin Laden, shouldn't the American public know about that?
THOMAS: Well, there's a difference between being a watchdog and peeing on the fireplug, and that's what the New York Times is doing.