A must read from retired first amendment litigator (and recipient of the 2005 best new blog award) Glenn Greenwald:
The media need not take sides in the NSA debate or in any other. But it is failing in its primary purpose if it continues to allow the Administration to blithely make false statements without informing their readers that the statements are false. Allowing the Government to make false statements is not neutrality; it is an abdication of the principal journalistic responsibility.
Read the whole thing here.