Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Oh, this is rich...

NYT Editor: We had to keep mum on Afghan abduction

NEW YORK (AP) - Deciding not to report initially on reporter David Rohde's capture by the Taliban for seven months was "an agonizing position that we revisited over and over again," New York Times executive editor Bill Keller said Sunday.

"All along, we were told by people that probably the wisest course for David's safety was to keep it quiet," Keller said in an interview on CNN.

The Times reported Saturday that Rohde escaped from seven months in captivity in Afghanistan and Pakistan by climbing over a wall on Friday.

Rohde was abducted Nov. 10 along with an Afghan reporter and a driver south of the Afghan capital of Kabul. The Times kept the kidnapping quiet out of concern for the men's safety, and other media outlets, including The Associated Press, followed suit at the Times' request.

"It was an agonizing position that we revisited over and over again," Keller said in the CNN interview with Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz. "But I also have a responsibility for the people who work for me. I send a lot of people out into dangerous places and their security is also part of my job."

I love how the NYT revisits the agonizing position and decides to keep quiet about the abduction of one of his reporters, but doesn't think twice about revealing information that denigrates our military in any way possible or even could put US troops in harm's way unnecessarily. Spare me the sob story. What country do you people live in, anyway?

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