Remember the media reaction to Bush signing the Patriot Act? The horror! When the NDAA became law, the liberal press had a very different reaction, even though the laws have some similar, and disturbing, elements. When a Republican president does something bad, the press makes sure everybody knows about it with front page coverage for months. When a Democratic president does something bad, they do a few paragraphs on page 16 and hope it goes away before anyone notices.
Today a federal judge suspended the NDAA. Surprisingly, the NYT covered a story that makes Obama look bad:
- The government may not rely on a disputed law enacted last year to hold people in indefinite military detention on suspicion that they “substantially supported” Al Qaeda or its allies — at least if they had no connection to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a federal judge said on Wednesday.