The Enemy Within

Journalists, under fire today by the Bush White House, have been the enemy before

I'm convinced Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger would have anyway fired the paper's lawyers for objecting to publication, as he did, and gone ahead to publish the classified report had the blind item never appeared. He knew the historic importance of the First Amendment test he was facing. All the Voice did was speed up the printing on June 13, 1971, of the front-page story of what Ellsberg had revealed about the government's lies.

Next week: a much fiercer debate at the Supreme Court resulting in a decision only 17 days after the first installment of the "Pentagon Papers" appeared in the Times—and how that decision tests all of us now in the last years of an administration determined to overturn that Supreme Court's rescue of the First Amendment.

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