An op-ed written in the New York Times by an anonymous "senior official in the Trump administration" has drawn harsh rebuke from both sides of the aisle and beyond - after everyone from President Trump to Glenn Greenwald to the Los Angeles Times chimed in with various criticisms.Their Dogma, of course is to get Trump by any means, fair or foul. Whatever - it's a free country after all. But Karma has just bit them in their butts.
Specifically, the Times did not take a stand against the whole NSA/PRISM spyapooloosa back when their guy was resting his loafers on the Resolute Desk. Back then, enormous and unaccountable power to track all Americans' communications was no big deal.
Well, guess who has all the metadata of everyone who works for the New York Times? It is likely a morning's work at Fort Meade to pull together a traffic analysis map of everyone in the White House who has communicated with the fine folks at the Grey Lady.
Will they do it? Who knows. Maybe they've already done it. Maybe the Op-Ed was a three dimensional chess media leak from the Trump Administration that suckered the Times. Maybe it's something else entirely.
But some of us spent eight years warning about the danger of increasing government power and just how difficult it is to hide from that. It would sure have been nice to have had a free press fighting that fight with us. There's some schadenfreude in watching the Press get caught by what they thought was No Biggie under Obama, but that's cold comfort. And so Leviathan stirs.
Everybody likes to get as much power as circumstances allow, and nobody will vote for a self-denying ordinance.- Lord Acton