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What’s Up at the NYT?

January 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Today’s first section had two shocks:

1. The 2 1/2 inch high banner ad at the bottom of the front page for CBS. (I can’t wait to see who buys that space tomorrow.)

2. The op-ed piece by John R. Bolton and John Yoo calling for Obama to respect the Senate’s treaty power when he assumes power.

I guess I can live with ads on page 1. Either that or I can cancel delivery of the print edition. But why do they have to print such dishonest op-ed pieces? Key members of the Bush administration now care about limiting executive power and following the Constitution? Yoo spent years writing memos justifying the president’s prerogative to do what he pleases, including imprisoning and torturing anyone in the name of the war on terror, but now he’s worrying about presidential abuse of power. Among the many comments today on this piece, see those of Eric Martin.

It is a happy coincidence that the Bolton-Yoo op-ed piece appeared on the same day that Obama announced his choice of Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel, Yoo’s old home. See, for instance, Glenn Greenwald on Johnsen’s merits.

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