Friday, May 12, 2006


USA TODAY, once belittled by many of us as McPaper, has proved this week that it can excel in the glorious tradition of watchdog journalism. Leslie Cauley uncovered how the National Security Agency has secretly collected the phone records of tens of millions of Americans. I think Cauley's story and the New York Times' prior revelations of domestic wiretapping rank in importance with the best of Woodward's and Bernstein's Watergate work. The USA Today Web site has also done an excellent job of packaging the story with reactions, timelines and video.


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