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Friday, December 22, 2006 

New York Times Publishes Op-Ed Censored by White House

A editorial opinion by Flynt Leverett was published in the New York Times today and in a bold move was published complete with the White House censored portions blacked out. The censored essay is what remains of an essay criticizing Bush's policies toward Iran.

According to the NYT, it elected to run the censored version after the White House claimed that portions were classified (this, please note, is after the CIA, which has cleared over 20 other pieces by Leverett, cleared the entire piece). Wednesday, Rep. Louise Slaughter sent a letter to Bush asking whether the redactions were politically motivated.

The Times delayed the essay's publication last week but apparently decided that this censorship deserved a public challenge; meanwhile, Leverett and co-writer Hillary Mann have promised to fight for the publication of the redacted parts.

So what ever happened to the 'land of the free'? What ever happened to 'freedom of the press'? Welcome to Bush's America.

Article from the New York Times

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