The Village Times


Michael Kinsley

New York Times Book Review


Michael Kinsley


Issued: May 2014
Statement: A hearty “bravo” to Michael Kinsley for turning his review of Glenn Greenwald's book No Place To Hide into an endorsement of government secrecy. Dismissing Greenwald’s tone in the book as that of a “self-righteous sourpuss,” Michael goes on to elucidate the Village view on a journalist’s role on publishing leaks:


“The question is who decides. It seems clear, at least to me, that the private companies that own newspapers, and their employees, should not have the final say over the release of government secrets, and a free pass to make them public with no legal consequences. In a democracy (which, pace Greenwald, we still are), that decision must ultimately be made by the government.”


Amen! We can’t have self-styled journalists running around releasing sensitive material willy-nilly. These decisions should be left to us Villagers; after checking with our bosses in the government, of course.