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New York Times Admits Holding NSA Story Until After ’04 Election

HeadlineAug 15, 2006

In media news, the New York Times has publicly admitted that it decided not to publish its groundbreaking expose on the Bush administration’s secret domestic surveillance program until after the presidential 2004 election. The paper’s Executive Editor Bill Keller said “the climactic discussion about whether to publish was right on the eve of the election.” The paper decided not to run the story until this past December. When the story finally ran on December 16, 2005, the paper admitted that it had delayed publication for a year after concerns were raised by senior administration officials. But at the time the paper did not reveal the story had been held from before the 2004 election.

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