(In a third post, Greenwald also has a nice account of National Review editor Rich Lowry's latest hypocrisy.)
When hostility toward the rule of law, the separation of powers, and the Constitution are accepted as mainstream ideas, we're in deep trouble. When essential civil liberties are viewed as an inconvenience and basic honesty is seen as a nuisance by the key players in the White House – and no one with the power to do so challenges them - we're in grave danger.
The consistent line of the Bush administration has been: "The incompetence and illegality of our actions is not the problem. It's the damn media reporting it." Greenwald cites a Thomas Jefferson quotation that's been much used on the blogosphere of late:
"If I had to choose between government without newspapers, and newspapers without government, I wouldn't hesitate to choose the latter."