The Big Think

January 31, 2014

CNN’s Jake Tapper: Don’t Just Trust the Government, Demand Proof

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 11:36 am

The Atlantic:

“There have been many benefits to Snowden’s leaks. It is conceivable that they’ve imposed significant costs on America too, but asserting that to be so is insufficient. Evidence is needed, because that’s how a reality-driven society works, and also because of the many instances that the government has wildly exaggerated the harm done by that which embarrasses the people in charge of running it…

Recall that the Pentagon Papers, the Abu Ghraib photos, the waterboarding revelations, the reports about warrantees wiretapping in the Bush years, and the WikiLeaks trove of documents were all alleged to have done grave damage to America. The harms were overblown in every case. If the U.S. government ever deserved the benefit of the doubt from its citizens, it long ago squandered that privilege. Like the boy who cried wolf, it now needs to offer proof. “

I predict this New Journalistic Ideal will become common practice around January 17, 2017 at the very earliest.

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