New York Times Editorial Board Says Obama Administration Has ‘Lost All Credibility’


the-ny-timesThe New York Times editorial board, which twice endorsed President Obama and has championed many planks of his agenda, on Thursday turned on the president over the government’s mass collection of phone data — saying the administration has “lost all credibility.”

The grey lady’s editorial section lately has shown frustration with the administration’s civil liberties record. It has criticized the escalation of the lethal drone program, and it lashed out after the Justice Department acknowledged seizing reporters’ phone records last month.

The report that the National Security Agency has been collecting phone records from millions of Verizon subscribers appeared to be the last straw.

An editorial published late Thursday said the administration was using the “same platitude” it uses in every case of overreach — that “terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us.”

The editorial continued: “Those reassurances have never been persuasive — whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency’s phone records or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism — especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and accountability. The administration has now lost all credibility.”

The editorial board claimed Obama “is proving the truism that the executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it.”

The language was a far cry from the Times’ Oct. 23, 2008, endorsement of then-candidate Obama. At the time, the Times praised Obama’s “cool head and sound judgment,” and said he was “putting real flesh on his early promises of hope and change.”

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  1. It sounds like the economy was much better in the bush years when millions of houses got foreclosed and millions lost jobs due to allot of business go bankrupt. Maybe he wants all of us to go back to those times.

  2. Doesn’t anyone remember that this legislation and the precedents for it were made legal under the Patriot Act of 2001? When these types of data collection were started, we were under attack by al Qaeda. The vast majority of the American people approved. What has changed is that the threat from al Qaeda – and the memory of 9-11 – have faded. Terrorism has not. Instead, we have “lone wolf” and locally-produced terrorists.

    The New York Times is upset because a Democratic President has used techniques first started by a Republican, and hasn’t abolished them. The NYT is indulging in a bit of exaggeration, but then no one expects editorials to be dry.

  3. Oldtimer, I agree with your point on special laws (data collection I suppose has been in place long since), but we should not overlook the fact Bush’s legislation towards terrorism “suspects” targeted non-US nationals only. It is a significant change, and one which had not been seen for decades (think McCarthy or the citizens of Japanese descent during WW2).