The Biggest Secret: James Risen on Life as a NY Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror


Democracy Now has the interview The Biggest Secret: James Risen on Life as a NY Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror.

In the story, Jim Risen gives a personal account of his struggles to publish significant stories involving national security in the post-9/11 period and how both the government and the top Times editors suppressed his reporting on stories, including the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, for which he ultimately would win The New York Times a Pulitzer Prize in 2006.


The continuation of the interview is published as a second article How the NY Times & U.S. Government Worked Together to Suppress James Risen’s Post-9/11 Reporting.

I can see that I am quite justified in no longer having any respect for the journalistic integrity of The New York Times management. I have a tough time understanding why that newspaper has any respect from knowledgeable people. In the end, Risen says of his former employer that he thinks they have learned some lessons on not giving in to government requests to suppress stories as easily they once did. I think he is going far too easy on them as The New York Times continues to press the phony story of how Russia meddled in our 2016 election.

Here is the link to the article that is the subject of the above interview, the Risen article in The InterceptThe Biggest Secret: My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror

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