In the September 8 New York Times, there is a story about the continuing conflict between NBC and MSNBC over news reporting and analysis. While several NBC employees spoke to Times reporters, all did so anonymously. That’s because “the network does not permit it [sic] people to speak to the media without authorization.”

Now if a bishop were to tell his priests that they are not authorized to speak to the media without prior clearance, he’d be accused of censorship. Indeed, he’d probably be called a fascist. But when the media silence their own, it’s considered good journalism. Their hypocrisy reeks to high heaven.

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