If Obama reauthorizes the PATRIOT Act, and the New York Times doesn't cover it, does it make a sound? 

Like homelessness, threats to civil liberties suddenly disappear when Democrats inhabit the White House. Mark Hemingway noticed when the Congress quietly passed the reauthorization, and now Kevin Mooney at TimesCheck marks its signing by President Obama. Not that anyone else noticed:

President Obama has signed off on a one year extension of The Patriot Act that won overwhelming congressional approval just over a week ago; not that anyone reading The New York Times would know.

Throughout the Bush years, The Times editorialized vociferously against key provisions of the counter-terrorism law and gave wide latitude to critics from the American Civil Liberties Union and other left-leaning institutions.

A Nexis search shows that in both the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns The Times repeatedly called out the Bush Administration for using The Patriot Act as a tool to violate constitutional provisos.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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