The New York Times published an editorial about President Barack Obama’s lack of credibility on Thursday. The article, the second of this month condemning the Obama administration, followed a wave of criticism that began after the Justice Department’s monitoring of Associated Press and Fox News.
The article, a contribution from the editorial board as a whole, bashed the Obama administration’s attempt to cloak its mistakes and called the administration’s policy of behind-the-scenes action to solve problems hypocritical. Obama’s inability to lead a transparent and accountable administration, as promised, stripped him of his credibility on the issue, according to the article.
The editorial further accused him of withholding information and predicted that he never would have revealed the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki had it not appeared in the press, just as he would not have revealed the phone record collections had The Guardian not reported on it.
The Times also disapproved of Obama’s abuse in using the Patriot Act.
“Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it,” The Times wrote, adding that the Patriot Act was “reckless in its assignment of unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers.”
Most notably, the article accused Obama of denying the nation any presumption of innocence by invading private phone records without proof of wrongdoing.
“To casually permit this surveillance fundamentally shifts power between the individual and the state, and repudiates constitutional principles governing search, seizure and privacy,” the article states.