Editor & Publisher reports that almost all of the major newspaper editorial boards have come out against the NSA database revealed yesterday by USA Today. The article lists the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Herald as papers that have editorialized against the program. The New York Post is the only one mentioned to have come out in support.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports:
A majority of Americans initially support a controversial National Security Agency program to collect information on telephone calls made in the United States in an effort to identify and investigate potential terrorist threats, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The new survey found that 63 percent of Americans said they found the NSA program to be an acceptable way to investigate terrorism, including 44 percent who strongly endorsed the effort. Another 35 percent said the program was unacceptable, which included 24 percent who strongly objected to it.
That would seem to indicate a gap between what the big national newspapers and their readers find objectionable. But check out this paragraph in the Post article:
The survey results reflect initial public reaction to the NSA program. Those views that could change or deepen as more details about the effort become known over the next few days.
Translation: We’re gonna do our best to change your mind.