I cancelled my subscription to the Los Angeles Times this morning.
I explained to the person who answered the phone that I was cancelling because I am outraged that the newspaper revealed classified details of a successful anti-terror operation.
They put me on with a â€œspecialist,â€ and I repeated the reason for the cancellation. He said they were sorry to lose me as a subscriber. â€œIâ€™m sorry, too,â€ I said. And I am. Iâ€™ve had my differences with the paper â€” plenty of them â€” but Iâ€™ve been subscribing since 1993. Thatâ€™s thirteen years.
He said: â€œOf course, different people have different opinions about whatâ€™s written in the newspaper . . .â€
I told him that this has nothing to do with disagreeing with what I read in the newspaper. I disagree with the newspaper all the time. This is different. The newspaper made a deliberate choice to print classified details of an anti-terror operation that, by all accounts, was effective and legal. Key members of Congress had been briefed on it and had no problem with it. Strict controls were in place to prevent abuse, and those controls appear to have been effective.
Winds of Change.NET: Goodbye, LAT
Subject: Cancel SubscriptionFrom: Marc Danziger
Date: 9:54 am
cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
I’ve been a subscriber to the Los Angeles Times continuously since I moved back to Los Angeles in 1980.
With this email, I’m asking that you cancel my subscription, effective Monday, June 26, 2006.
Subscription details are:
I’m canceling my subscription because I am appalled that you would publish the details of a legal, effective government program – the financial transaction monitoring program.
The Times and its staff are not above the obligations of citizenship. Those obligations absolutely do extend to vigorously questioning the government about its actions and inactions and continuously challenging it to get better.
But it seems to me that there is a bright line between challenging government policies with an aim to ensuring that it is doing its job, and openly disclosing the mechanics of a program designed to identify those who murder innocent civilians and who have openly declared war on our nation, its people, and on the values that make us who we are.
I’m disappointed in the Times for doing this, and I cannot support you by funding you. I’ll miss the paper.
Flap stopped giving his hard earned dollars to the Chandlers and Tribune Company many many years ago. I could not fathom giving any reward to such a biased and, at times, anti-American enterprise. The case at point is one of many Los Angeles Times anti-American moments.
Watch the Tribune Company “DUMP” the L.A. Times after circulation further tanks.
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