What does it mean when 64% of leading reporters think the Obama Administration is spying on them? What does it mean when 14% of them say that just in the past 12 months, such concerns have kept them from pursuing a story or reaching out to a particular source, or have led them to consider leaving investigative journalism altogether? (Source: http://www.journalism.org/2015/02/05/investigative-journalists-and-digital-security/)
How many journalists even have a story that is important enough for the federal government to spy on them? A journalist probably encounters an important story less than 14% of the time, so that these statistics may mean that 100% of the time, the reporters don’t dare to follow up on important stories. One can count the real journalists left on one’s hands. There just aren’t that many Sharyl Attkissons around. But there are plenty of Brian Williamses.
As Mark Steyn just wrote, “[i]f you get your news from old-school "network news", you're not actually getting any news, you're watching a guy 'cause he has great hair”. Real news is spread by people like Mr. Steyn. And real change will only come when Republicans realize that things are far worse than they imagine, and that we need nothing short of a revolution in accountability, decentralization, and simplification in government to steer us off the path to a totalitarian state.