09/30/2006 12:30 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dear NY Times: Just What Will It Take?

On Sept. 28, the New York Times published a scathing, uncompromising lead editorial entitled "Rushing Off a Cliff," which condemned Congress's new anti-terror legislation as "a tyrannical law that will be ranked with the low points of American democracy, our generation's version of the Alien and Sedition Act."

The Alien and Sedition Act of 1798 put on the books laws by now familiar as features of dictatorship. Laws that nakedly dismantle democracy, such as, eg, a prohibition on criticizing the President.

So bully for the New York Times. But my question to the Times is:

If you realize what stakes are involved with what Congress has just done, why do you not put an editorial about it on the front page of your newspaper every day?

Why do you not assign reporters to investigate and assess the consequences and implications of this nefarious legislation on the front page every day?

What are you waiting for, New York Times et al, before you show it is no longer "business as usual" in America?

That is what I keep wondering: Just what exactly will it take?