Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Raw Story | Rumsfeld okayed pictures of his home for NY Times

Published: Monday July 3, 2006

Blogger Glenn Greenwald is reporting that the published photograph of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's home on Maryland's Eastern Shore were taken with the Secretary's permission. Following the publication of the photo (right) by the New York Times,a number of well know bloggers and political commentators, including Michelle Malkin and David Horowitz, attacked the paper for putting the property at risk of attack.

Excerpts from the piece follow... The entire post may be read here: What is left of Malkin, Hinderaker and Horowitz's credibility?.

As I documented at length this weekend, Michelle Malkin, John Hinderaker, Red State, David Horowitz and many others of that sort spent the weekend engaged in the most vicious and self-evidently misguided attacks on The New York Times based on a puff piece in this weekend's "Escapes" section. Because the article contained a photograph of Don Rumsfeld's vacation home, they insisted that this was reckless and even retaliatory-- i.e., done with the intent to enable Al Qaeda operatives and other assassins to murder Rumsfeld (as well as Dick Cheney), and that it was further evidence of the war being waged by the NYT and its employees on the Bush administration and the U.S.


But in addition to those known reasons, I strongly suspected that the Times would not have published those photographs unless they had made certain in advance that doing so would not conflict with Rumsfeld and Cheney's security concerns. But I did not make this argument because I was not sure that it was true, and unlike Michelle Malkin and John Hinderaker, I'd rather wait to obtain the relevant evidence before running around asserting "facts" based on nothing. As a result, I wrote e-mails yesterday to Linda Spillers (the photographer) and Peter Kilborn (the reporter) bringing these accusations to their attention and asking for a response.

Although I haven't heard yet from [Peter] Kilborn [the reporter], I received an e-mail from Spillers this morning, in which she said:

Ironically, photos were taken with Secretary Rumsfeld's permission.

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