Secret kidnap victim Rohde escapes from Taliban

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    NYT's Rohde escapes from Taliban after being held for seven months
    New York Times | Romenesko Memos

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/world/asia/21talibancnd.html?_r=1&hp

    David Rohde, who was kidnapped outside of Kabul last November while researching a book, climbed over the wall of the compound where he was being held. He fled with another abducted reporter, Tahir Ludin; their driver did not escape. Until now, the kidnapping has been kept quiet by the Times and other media organizations out of concern for the men's safety. || "Joyous news": Read executive editor Bill Keller's memo about the escape and Nick Kristof's blog post.
    > Keller says at least 40 news outlets knew of the abduction
    'NYT' Editor: At Least 40 News Outlets Knew of Reporter's Kidnapping
    Posted at 2:39 PM on Jun. 20, 2009
     
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    I met him once at a party, after he'd won the Pulitzer. Very quiet, very unassuming. And now we know... balls the size of planets.
     
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    I'll second that, but don't you find it the least bit interesting that the media reports what they feel you have the right to know and omit what they feel you do not have the right to know? Who's freedom trumps whose? When it's convenient for the media, they want freedom of the press. When it isn't, the public's right to know is ignored and freedom of the press is freedom for secrecy.
     
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    Irrefutable point.

    A news story will kill troops? Run it.
    A news story will kill a journalist? Censor it.

    Not that journalism lacks for hypocrisies, biases and other bad habits.
     
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    Now, if at least 40 news outlets knew of the abduction of a child and kept it secret, for the safety of the child of course, wouldn't we be screaming that the greater good would be that disclosure would be more valuable in order to locate the child?
     
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    Your right on this statement. The New York Times was leaking classified information under the Bush administration without hesitation.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/29/washington/29leak.html?_r=1
     
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    Dead on ladies and gentlemen.
     
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    Ahh yes.... Gotta love it when the alledged whistle-blower gets a subpoena (know something about that!) and the public entity responsible for broadcasting the information all across America does not!
     
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    Hey! Good for him!
     
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    Freedom of the press means the government cannot tell the press what to print.

    A lot of people on this forum are none too bright, I see.

    Good for him for escaping and for his employer for being concerned about his safety.
     

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