CBS Pentagon correspondent David Martin acknowledged Monday that he killed a report about how the U.S. was dealing with IED's in Iraq after a senior military officer complained that it contained information useful to the enemy. Martin, writing on the CBS blog Private Eye, said that the report had been scheduled to air as the lead story on the CBS evening news on Thursday and that he pulled it just one hour before air time. "Not a good career move," he wrote. Martin further acknowledged that he had set aside other stories at the request of the Pentagon "a number of times over the years, and each time its turned out that going with the story wouldnt have caused any harm." In the latest case he said, he concluded that his report "might conceivably be news the enemy could use to make their IED's more effective. It wasnt clear cut, but it was close enough."
CBS did the right thing in this situation. It does not make up for the whole Bush Air National Guard fiasco, but at least they are doing the right thing by looking out for the troops, more than I can say for most of the rest of the liberal media.