On Thursday, the House is expected to take up a Republican resolution supporting the tracking of financial transactions and condemning the publication of the existence of the program and details of how it works. The resolution says Congress “expects the cooperation of all news media organizations in protecting the lives of Americans and the capability of the government to identify, disrupt and capture terrorists by not disclosing classified intelligence programs.” Democrats are proposing a variant that expresses support for the treasury program but omits the language about the news media.
I am sure that similar resolutions had been made in Communist China and Russia as well as Nazi Germany. The first step toward control of the media is “expecting cooperation”. [Source of quote was the NY Times – subscription required)]