Moral Contradictions

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Don't believe everything you hear...

...which I imagine some red-staters are saying now Verizon and BellSouth have denied cooperation with the National Security Agency. Unfortunately I've come to expect the knee-jerk reaction of "smear the messenger even if the story is true".

I'm amazed at how conservatives selectively trust the government. The government cannot be trusted with meddling with the market or helping those in the lower classes, yet can be trusted with our privacy? The government cannot be trusted to operate public utilities but can be trusted to police morality?

The cynical side of me isn't surprised to read a report that states the President has authorized the telephone companies to lie and deny involvement with the NSA, thus allowing them protection from civil suits.

The interesting part, reported over at The American Prospect, is that Verizon and BellSouth are denying the allegations after the story broke. They answered the reporter's questions with "No comment". If they weren't involved with the NSA at all, how hard is it to say "we've never heard of such a thing!".

Explanation? The memorandum was released 5 May, ostensibly, as Think Progress surmises, because the Administration knew the story was inevitable. I mean, when you're tapping ABC News, who knows if USA Today is getting the same treatment?

Folks, like or dislike the media, they are the sole medium providing any sort of accountability of the government to its boss: us. With the numerous scandals plaguing the likes of Tom DeLay, Duke Cunningham, Scooter Libby, Dusty Foggo/Porter Goss, not to mention the VP and Bush, how can we trust them to police themselves?

How important is the media? Important enough for our Founding Fathers to include as the First Amendment to our Constitution. How can a President, elected to uphold that document, get away with suppressing those that seek the truth?

If you don't have anything to hide, how can the media be a threat?

Don't believe everything you hear.

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