While I’m not usually happy with the Daily Beast, I’m very glad they allowed Josh Rogin to defend himself at their website.
It really doesn’t matter what the issue is, the First Amendment becomes a dead letter if journalists are not able and willing to get information to the public that the sources of that information do not want the public to know. As George Orwell said, “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
Ten years ago, when I was a rookie reporter for the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, I looked up to Joseph Nye as a sacred figure, the preeminent American expert on Japan. So it hurt a little when Nye wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday to accuse me of “sneaking in” to a meeting of the Trilateral Commission last week in Washington, where John Kerry made explosive remarks warning that Israeli could become “an apartheid state.”
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