Sunday, March 05, 2006

Opening Transcript


[Darkened silhouette of a woman]

Woman [voice disguised]: At some point, you just have to throw the red flag.

Mike Wallace (narrating): Government insiders are increasingly leaking information about the Bush Administration's behind-the-scenes policy initiatives to the press. This has lead to a crackdown on leaks, but these officials still feel the need to speak out.

[Darkened silhouette of a man]

Man [voice disguised]: Finally, I had to ask myself, Where does my loyalty lie? With my President, or with my country?

Mike Wallace (narrating): This, and Andy Rooney, tonight on 60 Minutes.


"There's a tone of gleeful relish in the way they talk about dragging reporters before grand juries, their appetite for withholding information, and the hints that reporters who look too hard into the public's business risk being branded traitors," said New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller, in a statement responding to questions from The Washington Post. "I don't know how far action will follow rhetoric, but some days it sounds like the administration is declaring war at home on the values it professes to be promoting abroad."


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